Thursday, April 23, 2009

Here's a job for our MLAs

Once the election is over and the BS is put to bed I'd suggest we put our new MLAs in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission to work on solving the problem of slowing down traffic on the Haney Bypass. I know, I know - a Bypass is designed to speed things up not slow them down, but thr fact of the matter is that the Haney Bypass is a death-trap. Not only are the users of bypass at risk, but those attempting to cross it are more so at risk. Speak to anyone who has to enter the bypass anywhere along its course.

Or speak to those people who have to cross it on foot.

Speak to the clients of the Maple Ridge Treatment Centre who are forced to cross it all day. Watching them run across the bypass to avoid traffic is reminicent of a day in Rome watching the slaves and gladiators.

Two days ago another victim fell to the Haney Bypass. This piece of road needs rethinking.

"A young motorcyclist was killed Tuesday evening after losing control of his bike and crashing into a lamp standard in Maple Ridge.Just after 7 p.m., a 27-year-old Ridge man was heading eastbound when the incident occurred in the 11700 Block of the Haney Bypass.The man was taken by ambulance to Ridge Meadows Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.Police, fire and ambulance all attended the scene.The intersection was closed for approximately three hours while the RCMP's Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section investigated.This is not the first time a fatal collision has occurred on the bypass.In March 2007, a bicyclist was killed after being struck by a vehicle in the 22400 Block of the Haney Bypass.And in a similar incident in August 2007, another cyclist was killed crossing the bypass near 225th after being hit by a Jeep.The investigation into Tuesday's incident is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asking to contact Const. Redhead of the Ridge Meadows RCMP Traffic Services at 604-463-6251.At his family's request, the name of the victim has not been released."

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