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A safer way to cross the road in Island Lakes

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"First day of school! First day of school!"

I don’t really think the majority of kids chanted those words last week, but their parents likely did as they held the door open.

With the end of summer, gone is the easy traffic flow on my commute to downtown, as I must pass about five or six schools on my way, as well as 10 or so crosswalks.  

The start of a new school year means it’s time for everyone to be wary that the kids are again out and about, walking to and from school. As conscientious as most kids are, kids are kids and they can sometimes get distracted. I’m always mindful to make sure I’m looking out for students when I drive and can only hope other drivers do the same.  

So I was more than happy to see a lighted pedestrian crosswalk added at the corner of Island Shore Boulevard and Pamela Road, adjacent to Lindsey Wilson Park. This will aid the Island Lakes Community School patrols who protect and help the kids get home safely.

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but Island Lakes does lack four-way stops.

In fact, the only one I know of is at Island Lakes Drive and Leger Crescent.

This leaves the majority of pedestrians playing chicken while crossing the roads.

Thinking about the kids once more, it makes it rather challenging for them not just during school hours, but on evenings and weekends as well. The new crosswalk is a fantastic addition to ensure the safety for pedestrians of all ages.  

In other Island Lakes news...

According to the Island Lakes Resident Group’s website, www.islandlakes.org, two four-storey apartment blocks are set to be built on the land adjacent to Home Run Sports, at the corner of De La Seigneurie and Bishop Grandin boulevards.

Each apartment complex will have 40 units and a total of 108 outside parking stalls. Suites will have modern, two-bedroom layouts with in-suite laundry, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. Rent is projected to be approximately $1,350 per month. Construction is expected to start this fall, with occupancy expected in a year.

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