Children need Crossing Guards in City of Barrie
Did you know that the City of Barrie is by far the LARGEST city in Ontario that does not have Crossing Guards in School Zones?
As one of many concerned parents of school children in elementary school, I am frustrated and discouraged by the lack of a Crossing Guard Program in Barrie, one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.
The population of our city is projected to grow by 60,000 in the next ten years (to well over 200,000 people), which means more cars on the roads and more children walking to and from school, crossing major intersections.
Having witnessed cars flying through the red light and drivers making left and right hand turns without paying attention to pedestrians crossings at the intersection where my children walk from school, I am subject to constant anxiety and fear over my children’s lives. Majority of the parents do not feel safe having their kids walk from school, which creates further traffic and unsafe situations at school pick up, where children dash across the road to their parents cars.
In the past several years there have been numerous accidents involving pedestrian children, all of which could have been prevented by having a Crossing Guard at intersections adjacent to school zones.
This issue has been brought to the city council twice before and has been struck down due to the City’s desire to avoid any liability. This does not stop other cities with similar population ranges (Sudbury, Kingston, Guelph, and Brantford, Newmarket, etc) from having a School Crossing Guard Program in place. The number of elementary schools in those cities ranged from 33 to 43. All of these cities have a population smaller than Barrie. Taking this one ironic step further, Elliot Lake; Ontario’s smallest city with a population of 11k, has crossing guards and they only have 6 elementary schools!
-On average, 30 pedestrian children under 14 are killed and 2412 are injured each year.
-The most frequently reported child pedestrian injury or death occurs at an intersection
-More than 50% of all child pedestrian deaths & more then 95% of all child pedestrian injuries occur in urban areas
-Help us prevent for our children from becoming statistics and please sign this petition!
The status of this suggestion has been updated to “Gathering Feedback” (see meaning of forum statuses: http://bit.ly/1Qg9qm8 ).
The last time a crossing guard program was considered by the City was 2015/2016. Staff recommended a program in a Staff Report on November 16, 2015 ( https://bit.ly/30Jeuhj ). The Staff Report was referred to the Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee for further consideration.
The Infrastructure, Investment and Development Services Committee received the Staff Report for information and requested staff report back to Council with the technical warrant criteria for the determination of crossing guards locations ( https://bit.ly/3reCQKL ).
Staff reported back in a memo on January 4, 2016: https://bit.ly/3FTne3p
On January 11, 2016, the following motion was approved by Council: “That Staff Report RFP009-15 be received and the implementation of a School Crossing Guard Program be considered by General Committee at such time as a financial partner representing 50% of full costs of the Program is identified.”
To date, the City has not identified a financial partner for this program.
Stephanie Harris commented
Grant Hiller sure. How does one “speed” in grid lock traffic. Also you realize it’s legal to turn left on a red or to go through a yellow. That’s not running a “red”
Grant Hillier commented
Big bay point traffic is extremely fast. No one drives the speed limit. Going through red lights. I’ve seen pedestrians almost get hit several times by cars turning onto royal park side / sandringham. It is only a matter of time before a child gets hit and then it is too late. Every other city has it. We couldn’t believe Barrie doesn’t have it when we moved here. Just crazy. This needs to happen asap.
James Bonds commented
This would be a great thing for Lehmans legacy. He could actually do something for the city he is mayor of.
James Bonds commented
Can "Mayor" Lehman auction off the $30 000 boxes he approved outside of City Hall and start a fund for crossing guards?
My son was hit by a driver while in a crosswalk walking home from school. He was ok but very lucky. Drivers are going way too fast, more distracted than ever and very little enforcement in school zones. I believe crossing guards would help tremendously in the safety of children.
Wanda Wilson commented
Big Bay Point traffic is so fast it is only a matter of time before a child is hit. The trucks fly through the red lights at Grand Forest and Big Bay Point at school time. Crossing guards are absolutely necessary.
Oleksandra Dramova commented
I do not understand how a city can prioritize projects such as new Love Barrie sign over safety of children who live in the city. Are you waiting for more children to be hit by cars before you do something?
Sandra Boyer commented
I feel it is the municipalities responsibility to fund this program 100%. Using a 50% partnership demand is a poor excuse for avoiding this responsibility.
The growth that Barrie has experienced over the years has created this problem. Perhaps some of the expense should be secured from the DC’s of the new builds.
Kyle M. Tilley commented
I would like to see Crossing Guards. It would be nice to have other traffic calming measures in all school zones in Barrie. (red light cameras, Police with radar guns stopping speeders etc.) Keep the kids safe.
Alexander R commented
What is this poor excuse by the city of not having a 50% financial partner? How is every other township doing it? This is children’s safety! This is the standard of and for our city on display!
How much was spent on that wooden crate “art” 2 years ago? Was a 50% financial partner sought out then?
We need crossing guards at many schools in Barrie. This should be funded by the City. Our population is growing at a rapid rate and there is a huge increase in vehicles using our streets. As active adults, we have had very close calls multiple times while crossing Barrie streets due to lack of driver awareness and driver distraction. We need this change before a child who is less aware and nimble gets hit.
Chad Moore commented
Why does the city need 50% paid for??? Who are you expecting to put forward this. We the people are asking for this, so its your job to find the funding!
Alena Kokareva commented
We need guards on our roads! Thank you
Maryna Ryzhykh commented
Don't wait until it is too late. We need school guards on our roads.
Kathryn Bennett commented
Great idea and well put.
Svitlana Istrati commented
That would be great safety for our kids!
Dima Konnov commented
Daniela Dodon commented
Safety became more problematic in the City
South Barrie Health Group commented
Great idea. Only city I have lived in in Ontario that doesn’t have them