Residents of Revestoke’s Southside neighbourhood are asking for traffic calming measures for Fourth Street East in a new petition to Revelstoke city council.
The main street through Revelstoke’s Southside neighbourhood over the Illecillewaet Bridge is the only connection between Revelstoke Mountain Resort and downtown Revelstoke.
Some residents have complained about the dangers increasing traffic poses to pedestrians and motorists. Frequently used by children to get to and from school, there have been numerous incidents along that strip of the road near Southside Market and Illecillewaet Bridge.
Petition proposals for residential safety
After watching many of those incidents from her kitchen window, Stef Kellock-Tickner launched a petition for the city to revisit traffic laws in the area.
“I think that it’s taken for granted that this is a residential area,” she explains. So far, the petition has received 162 signatures. It makes a number of requests, including:
- Improved signage for the Edward Street crosswalk.
- A reduced speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour for the stretch of 4 St. from Downie Street to Illecillewaet Bridge.
- Additional crosswalks at the intersections of Moss Street and Simpson Street.
- “Slow down, residential area” signage.
A map of the area addressed in the petition.
Finding inspiration from frustration
Although Fourth Street East has always been a high-traffic road, recent developments in the area have heavily increased the volume. When Kellock-Tickner purchased her home on the corner of Moss Street and Fourth, she was aware that she would be living in a busy area. However, things have gotten increasingly worse in recent years.
“There’s just been this continual oversight of the fact that this is the only road to get there. And as more developments have begun to go up there, they don’t consider the impact of all the excavation work and all of the trades and the heavy-duty vehicles that have to go up there and drive past all these residential homes and the effect that has on existing residents and how we all need to get around this area,” Kellock-Tickner elaborates.
Despite the oversight, Kellock-Tickner emphasizes that these developments are important, especially in Revelstoke’s difficult housing market. Her main concern is how busy the area will be during tourism-intensive summers and winters, as traffic amps up to the resort.
“Going back to when I started the petition, it was because I recognized that this was so incredibly busy and we’re in a lockdown right now and don’t have the tourists here. I’m holding my breath for when the tourists arrive because I just don’t I don’t think that they’ve really considered how substantially busier it is.”
Addressing the issues and moving forward
With the 2021 Canada Census wrapping up, many Revelstoke residents will understand how much the town has developed in the past five years. This leads to another major event for city planning: the Revelstoke Master Transportation Plan. Kellock-Tickner states that it is important for Revelstoke residents to pay attention to these developments.
Although some propositions mentioned in the petition may be controversial, particularly the decreased speed limit, Kellock-Tickner says it is a small price to pay for overall safety.
“We are talking about a distance of four blocks. Is going 30 kilometres an hour for four blocks in your day really going to be that jeopardizing,” she says. In fact, she is so passionate about the change, that she invites anyone to come and stand on her lawn during rush hour to “witness the chaos.”
After working to rally her neighbours, Kellock-Tickners voice has been heard. Revelstoke City Council will be discussing the petition for the area on Tuesday, June 8.