Why Wakefield should forget the bollards

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by admin on June 4, 2014

The Editor,

Just a quick note to the residents of Wakefield and those in the administration who want to spend $20,000 on installing bollards: all you need to do is take a trip into the village of Chelsea in the summer and you can see how ugly Wakefield will look after the bollard plan goes ahead. This year, the Municipality of Chelsea added some nice, big orange florescent circles to tell staff where to install these ugly bollards, creating even more visual pollution. So, take a trip into our ‘Bollardville’ and see for yourself: you will have the joy of looking at another great piece of quality environmental site pollution at work, compliments of your municipality.

Kensel Tracy

Chelsea, QC

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avatar Sue Cooke June 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

As a local, avid cyclist in Chelsea, I truly appreciate the bollards along Scott Road. Maybe they are pollution to the non-cycling members of our community, but they definitely work in slowing down traffic and creating a safety bubble for us cyclists.

avatar Andy Ball June 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

I agree with Sue, the bollard program should be extended, it provides a physical barrier which helps keeps kids out of the flow of traffic and provides a sense of security for cyclists. The only downside, which I personally think is an upside is that it slows traffic down. The cycling infrastructure in Chelsea and Wakefield is abysmal.

Here is an interesting article on segregated bike lanes and safety.

http://grist.org/list/protected-bike-lanes-safer-better-says-science-duh-says-rest-of-us/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=update&utm_campaign=socialflow

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