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Letter: Alpine needs speed bumps to protect Whistler kids

"We would all hate to see an accident and lose someone we love, especially over something so easy and preventable as a speed bump."
Speed bump
A 10-year-old Whistler local is asking for a new speed bump in her neighbourhood after "a lot of people have nearly been splattered."

This letter was sent to Mayor Jack Crompton and Whistler’s Transportation Advisory Group, and shared with Pique.

I am a 10-year-old who lives in Alpine Meadows. I am writing today to tell you why we desperately need a speed bump at the main crosswalk in Alpine Meadows.

At the Alpine Way and Rainbow Drive junction we have three stop signs, but not one speed bump. People constantly speed through the stop sign, which is really dangerous for pedestrians. A few times my sister and I were almost hit! 

Many drivers slow down but don’t stop or look for pedestrians. Someone is going to get seriously hurt. There are two busy bus stops right next to the junction, as well as a daycare on Rainbow Drive less than 100 feet away with a lot of little kids who are at a daily risk of being splattered across the road by drivers not slowing down or stopping.

Alpine is a large family neighborhood with lots of kids who like to bike, walk, run, and play and use this intersection. Finally, the Valley Trail is right at this crossing and many people cross the street here. So, a lot of people have nearly been splattered.

All kinds of vehicles drive through the stop sign at a very high speed, which could cause a severe accident. In winter there are icy and snowy roads that cars skid out on when they are going super-fast. A lot more could happen than this, but it is all easily preventable with speed bumps on all of the three stop signs.

We would all hate to see an accident and lose someone we love, especially over something so easy and preventable as a speed bump.

If you agree about the importance of speed bumps please send a support email to Emma DalSanto and the Transportation Advisory Group at: edalsanto@whistler.ca.

Thank you for reading my letter.

Sylvia A. Parker // Whistler