On this evening, April 17th 2019, downtown Bolton residents witnessed once again, a crash at the four corners that struck fear to their hearts. A total of 3 vehicles were involved, one of which landed on the sidewalk of the southwest corner crushed between a lamp post and a building.
Visualizing the outcome, had a pedestrian been on that spot, is enough to send shivers through any compassionate human being. And for downtown residents and business owners like Jimmy Pountney this is not the first time. Nor the second. In fact not even just the third. But, he feels, it could be the last, if the right actions are taken to make the core safe for all. Tonight he shares his thoughts with Just Sayin’ Caledon…
“For over 5 years now the Town of Caledon has been working with the Region of Peel on a Bolton Master Transportation study that recognizes the lack of pedestrian safety and traffic issues through the downtown core area of Bolton. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on consultants, traffic cameras, public meetings, and not to mention $110 million on a by-pass, to determine that change needs to happen in order to prioritize pedestrian safety.
So why has nothing been done? Does a serious injury or a fatality need to come first before change? For myself and my family and the rest of the residents and business owners in the area we simply don’t feel safe. Businesses like our favorite ice cream shop which frequents small children and families like mine deserve to live and work in place that feels safe to walk on sidewalks and cross roads.
So my question to Caledon council is “what are you afraid of ?” Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars have been spent and experts in their field have a solution…please do something! The next one might be someone you care about.”