Answers to traffic issues sought around Gatestone Elementary School in Stoney Creek

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

When it comes to safety around Gatestone Elementary School, Heather McKenzie believes a little consideration can go a long way.

McKenzie, a Gatestone parent and school council member, said Gatestone Drive is often congested during morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off times.

Speeding is also an issue at all hours of the day on the upper Stoney Creek roadway.

“We have a problem with cars whizzing by here at the school,” said McKenzie. “And the other issue that we have always is people parking and stopping where they shouldn’t be parking and stopping during school hours.”

McKenzie, who lives on the east side of Gatestone, directly across from the school, said cars routinely disobey the no-stopping zone signs on the west side of the street. The end result is periods of traffic congestion on Gatestone and nearby side streets.

“Kids are walking and crossing the street and it causes an unsafe environment,” said McKenzie.

Coun. Doug Conley visited the area on two occasions and recently arranged to have a mobile speed monitoring unit installed near McKenzie’s driveway, on a temporary basis.

Conley said he sympathizes with residents concerns. But there are no easy answers.

“I think (a solution) is taking more time because of the school, so everything is done in coordination,” said Conley. The councillor noted that because the street is on a school bus route, the city is unlikely to install speed bumps on the street.

“We could narrow the road, which tends to slow people down. Those are the kinds of things they’re looking at around Gatestone school itself,” said Conley.

For her part, McKenzie hopes people in the community may be starting to get the message about safety. When a reporter visited the area on Monday morning, there were no apparent violations of the no-stopping zone area bylaw.

“If everybody did a little bit, it would make a big difference,” she said.

Answers to traffic issues sought around Gatestone Elementary School in Stoney Creek

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

When it comes to safety around Gatestone Elementary School, Heather McKenzie believes a little consideration can go a long way.

McKenzie, a Gatestone parent and school council member, said Gatestone Drive is often congested during morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off times.

Speeding is also an issue at all hours of the day on the upper Stoney Creek roadway.

“We have a problem with cars whizzing by here at the school,” said McKenzie. “And the other issue that we have always is people parking and stopping where they shouldn’t be parking and stopping during school hours.”

McKenzie, who lives on the east side of Gatestone, directly across from the school, said cars routinely disobey the no-stopping zone signs on the west side of the street. The end result is periods of traffic congestion on Gatestone and nearby side streets.

“Kids are walking and crossing the street and it causes an unsafe environment,” said McKenzie.

Coun. Doug Conley visited the area on two occasions and recently arranged to have a mobile speed monitoring unit installed near McKenzie’s driveway, on a temporary basis.

Conley said he sympathizes with residents concerns. But there are no easy answers.

“I think (a solution) is taking more time because of the school, so everything is done in coordination,” said Conley. The councillor noted that because the street is on a school bus route, the city is unlikely to install speed bumps on the street.

“We could narrow the road, which tends to slow people down. Those are the kinds of things they’re looking at around Gatestone school itself,” said Conley.

For her part, McKenzie hopes people in the community may be starting to get the message about safety. When a reporter visited the area on Monday morning, there were no apparent violations of the no-stopping zone area bylaw.

“If everybody did a little bit, it would make a big difference,” she said.

Answers to traffic issues sought around Gatestone Elementary School in Stoney Creek

Community Dec 06, 2017 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

When it comes to safety around Gatestone Elementary School, Heather McKenzie believes a little consideration can go a long way.

McKenzie, a Gatestone parent and school council member, said Gatestone Drive is often congested during morning and afternoon pick-up and drop-off times.

Speeding is also an issue at all hours of the day on the upper Stoney Creek roadway.

“We have a problem with cars whizzing by here at the school,” said McKenzie. “And the other issue that we have always is people parking and stopping where they shouldn’t be parking and stopping during school hours.”

McKenzie, who lives on the east side of Gatestone, directly across from the school, said cars routinely disobey the no-stopping zone signs on the west side of the street. The end result is periods of traffic congestion on Gatestone and nearby side streets.

“Kids are walking and crossing the street and it causes an unsafe environment,” said McKenzie.

Coun. Doug Conley visited the area on two occasions and recently arranged to have a mobile speed monitoring unit installed near McKenzie’s driveway, on a temporary basis.

Conley said he sympathizes with residents concerns. But there are no easy answers.

“I think (a solution) is taking more time because of the school, so everything is done in coordination,” said Conley. The councillor noted that because the street is on a school bus route, the city is unlikely to install speed bumps on the street.

“We could narrow the road, which tends to slow people down. Those are the kinds of things they’re looking at around Gatestone school itself,” said Conley.

For her part, McKenzie hopes people in the community may be starting to get the message about safety. When a reporter visited the area on Monday morning, there were no apparent violations of the no-stopping zone area bylaw.

“If everybody did a little bit, it would make a big difference,” she said.