Slower speed part of increased pedestrian safety measures
Drivers take note, as part of a pilot project the maximum speed throughout Function Junction is now 40 kilometres per hour.
In February, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) held an Open House in Function Junction to provide an overview of plans for the pedestrian pathway and crosswalks. Many attendees also emphasized the need to reduce speeds in Function Junction.
“We heard very clearly from residents and businesses in Function Junction that there were serious concerns about the speed some vehicles were driving,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “Many people said they felt unsafe for themselves or when walking with their children. We’ve responded by creating a pedestrian pathway and lowering the maximum speed.”
This spring, work began to continue a designated pedestrian pathway along Alpha Lake Road through to Millar Creek Road. To further increase pedestrian safety, an additional crosswalk was added on Millar Rd and Alpha Lake Road and the three-way stop at Alpha Lake Road and Millar Creek road was re-paved and the crosswalk improved to increase visibility of pedestrians.
“The safety of residents and visitors is a priority in our community,” said Crompton. “I’m asking everyone who travels through Function Junction to consider the safety of others and follow this new speed limit.”
The RMOW is implementing the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit in Function Junction as a pilot project. Depending on feedback and effectiveness, 40 kilometre per hour speed limits could be rolled out in other Whistler neighbourhoods.