Willoughby Residents Association members Brian McKay (secretary) and Cynthia Hamilton (president) are calling on the Township to complete missing sidewalks in Willoughby. The stretch of 86 Avenue that runs past Carvolth Exchange, in particular, is very dangerous, due to the high volume of traffic and pedestrians coming in and out of the transit loop, the couple say. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Residents’ association calls on Township to complete unfinished sidewalks in Willoughby

Lack of sidewalks near Carvolth Exchange ‘an accident waiting to happen,’ says WRA

Nearly every time Cynthia Hamilton and Brian McKay go to the Carvolth Exchange, they witness the same dangerous practice — pedestrians (often children) hugging the shoulder of 86 Avenue as they make their way to the transit loop, with cars dodging past them. People are forced to walk along the edge of the road because the sidewalks have yet to be completed.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” said McKay, who is the secretary of the Willoughby Residents Association (WRA).

“It’s not walkable, where are the pedestrians supposed to go?” added Hamilton, his wife and president of the WRA.

The couple, on behalf of the WRA, are now calling on the Township to complete the missing sidewalks near the Carvolth Exchange, before someone gets hurt.

Currently, there is a patchwork of sidewalks that have been built with development, but large gaps have been left between the housing projects.

“We would like the Township to build them now, and charge the developers later,” Hamilton said.

The Carvolth Exchange is not the only area lacking in connectivity.

In a delegation to council on Feb. 5, the couple outlined several other streets where the sidewalks drift off to nowhere.

One of the most urgent areas is at 80 Avenue and 207 Street, as it is near shopping at Willoughby Town Centre, as well as Willoughby Elementary School, Hamilton said.

“(The) sidewalks just end, they just go nowhere,” she told council.

Other areas of concern, include: 202B Street between 68A and 70A Avenues; 82 Avenue west of 208 Street; and 198A Street at 70 Avenue.

The couple noted that MLS has given Willoughby a walkability score of only 18, compared to Walnut Grove, which has a score of 66.

“We understand with growth there are bound to be growing pains,” Hamilton told council.

“It was stated recently by staff in a meeting of council that Willoughby is only built out to approximately 38 per cent. This would indicate that the growing pains are here to stay in Willoughby for a long time.”



miranda@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Willoughby Residents Association members Brian McKay (secretary) and Cynthia Hamilton (president) are calling on the Township to complete missing sidewalks in Willoughby. The stretch of 86 Avenue that runs past Carvolth Exchange, in particular, is very dangerous, due to the high volume of traffic and pedestrians coming in and out of the transit loop, the couple say. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Just Posted

Township mayor Jack Froese talks short- and long-term goals for third term

Tree bylaw, pot sales among topics that will need attention in coming months

Used election signs could serve as emergency shelters, candidate says

Langley council hopeful wants to build one-person foul weather shelters for homeless

Four-vehicle collision shuts down section of Highway 10 in Cloverdale

One driver transported to hospital with what looked to be non-life threatening injuries

Langley player to compete in first NCAA basketball tournament in Canada

Former Brookswood star Louise Forsyth to play in Vancouver Showcase

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Aldergrove men’s soccer action photos

Aldergrove United Soccer Club’s Div. 4 Rovers in action versus the visiting Wakanda FC .

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant could be in Lower Mainland

RCMP say the man has likely made his way to the Lower Mainland or another community

Most Read