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Concerns about crosswalk safety near Aboriginal Head Start Program

Organizers of the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre Aboriginal Head Start program are hoping to see some help from the city in making a crosswalk near their program safer for children and families. The program is operated out of a building on 101st Street and 97th Avenue where there is currently no marked crosswalk. Parent Advisory Council Co-Chair Delaine Lambert-English says part of the problem is visibility for pedestrians.

“The vehicles are parked right to the curb on the corner so we have no sight line to see a vehicle [coming]. If we’re trying to cross the street, we can’t visibly see the vehicle that’s coming until we walk about eight feet into the street. We’re hidden, basically, on the corner.”

While it is too late in the year to make changes to the crosswalk before next spring, city administration has been asked to look into possible ways to improve safety at the 97th Avenue and 101st Street intersection. The Aboriginal Head Start program serves about 64 families a year, but at times they are seeing upwards of 90 children coming in and out of their building every day.

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