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Willy

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Has anyone been down town and notice the new cross walk configuration at the St. Anne St - Perron Ave intersection? Utter nonsense. You can now cross kitty korner - from the south west corner to the north east corner and from the northwest corner to the south east corner and vice versa. Mr Mayor was on the news the other day explaining that it will make it easier for pedestrians to get around down town. However also adding that it will take motorists roughly another 30 seconds or more to travel through. You now cannot turn right on any red light there.
So now, again, they are making it more difficult for vehicular traffic to navigate downtown to the limited # of business there. This idea to me is silly for St. Albert. I have seen the same set up in Banff at a few major intersections where there is extremely heavy pedestrian traffic. In Banff it worked extremely well. You move large amounts of pedestrians a lot quicker by eliminating one crossing and light cycle. It alows the pedestrians to move through much better which also lightens up some vehicle congestion too not having to wait for 2 different crosswalk cycles,
I bet some one went to Banff and saw it there and thought Damn! We should do that in St. Albert! In my opinion in St. Albert this is not needed and of no benefit. Way more cars go through downtown than pedestrians.

Also if people haven't noticed you only get a walk light if you push the cross walk button. Ive seen many times people waiting for a walk light but not get it because they didn't hit the button.
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Swallow1

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Problem is - we don't have a large amount of pedestrians moving across streets in St Albert.

With respect to walk lights - maybe there wouldn't be a problem if all those people who use their cell phones STOPPED watching their phones and walking into vehicles?

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Mark Cassidy

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The future infrastructure will be in place our city just needs to bring in the backyard hens and we can have a western bypass for chickens through downtown and up the sidewalks on the trail for them to Mary Brown for their final resting place.The future of our city is set and the next council to implement it just needs swearing. In.

Wasting time with infrastructure that continuously slows traffic and adds congestion is not the direction this administration should be heading.We require a council in touch with the needs of the people today.

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Joyce

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It's an accident waiting to happen.

How many out-of-towners are going to be aware of no right turn on red. It may be posted but being unfamiliar with the area it could easily be missed.

Someone must have had a nightmare and put it into play.
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It's an accident waiting to happen. How many out-of-towners are going to be aware of no right turn on red. It may be posted but being unfamiliar with the area it could easily be missed. Someone must have had a nightmare and put it into play.


At the tourist bureau, we should have those stickers tourists put on their vehicles (i.e. baby on board, etc) and tell them downtown is the best place to mark confirmed kills on their back windows. 
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Willy

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It just seems like a waste of everybodies time and money. Oh ya, thats what this City's admin seems good at, wasting time and money. In Banff where there was an incredible amount of pedestrians and traffic it makes total sense. In St. Albert? Not so much. Every time I have gone through there since it was put in I have watched people turn right on the red. So this will be another revenue stream for the City.
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HH.......Seeing as how traffic can be 'backed up' due to the pedestrian crossing lights at Perron and St. Annes,  everyone can be thankful that this did not appear at the intersection of St. Annes and the St. Albert Trail.  Then again, give them time................One must ask, just who thinks up these stupid ideas, never an end to them in this city.



EDIT: This post was moved here from where it was mistakenly posted in the "New Address For Forum" topic.

PLEASE read the topic title before posting so I don't have to move posts, sometimes days after I find them in the wrong topic. - HH
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