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By Dryden Observer Staff
Sandy Beach residents expressed their desire to see an extension to the sidewalk added to the list of Dryden’s infrastructure priorities.
Dryden City Council received a letter from Sandy Beach Rd. resident Michelle Teeple which also bore the signatures of over 100 area residents at the Dec. 19 regular meeting of council.
The sidewalk currently extends as far as Maple Rd. and Teeple says the residential area along the Sandy Beach Road corridor has outgrown the limits of the pathway, originally installed in 1988.
“I have seen walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, bikers, kids, seniors out along this roadway,” read Teeple’s letter. “Unfortunately these folks are exposed to a live lane of traffic travelling at 70 km/ph as there is no sidewalk and very little shoulder — if any — to use.”
Canvassing the neighbourhood, Teeple says she uncovered many harrowing stories of near misses.
“Drivers who travel this route are aware that there are many pedestrians in the roadway and most are considerate when passing them. However, some drivers do not slow down, move over or, at worst, don’t see the folks walking/jogging on the roadway.”
Her letter added, “I spoke with parents who were riding bikes on McMillan Crescent to teach their kids how to ride bikes. Others have driven to town to ride bikes. I would love to have my kids be able to go for a bike ride, but it isn’t safe at this time to allow for that. Other suggestions included lighting issues, a designated bike lane and functioning shoulders.”
Council was receptive to a review of the sidewalk situation on Sandy Beach road, though no funding has been allocated for a project in the 2017 budget.