Mother Cashmere Roder and student Mya Grainger have joined forces to push the Township for added safety measures at a crosswalk near Shortreed Elementary. (Sarah Grochowski photo)

Langley mother struck down in ‘terrifying’ crosswalk near elementary school

It was an incident long foretold by Shortreed Elementary parents and students

It’s something Aldergrove parents and students have feared for years. And it happened last week despite desperate pleas to Langley Township, to address an “unsafe” crosswalk near an elementary school.

At around 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 10 the mother of a Shortreed student (who wishes to remain anonymous) was walking with her daughter to school when she was run down by a vehicle in the crosswalk on the south leg of 272nd Street, at 28th Avenue.

“After ensuring it was safe, and waiting for vehicles to stop,” the pair had proceeded to cross, the mother reported to Langley RCMP. It was then that a motorist turned onto the crossing from 28th Avenue.

The mother “pulled her daughter” out of harm’s way, taking the blunt force of the vehicle to her side.

“My daughter cried instantly,” the mom recalled. The young student feared the worst had happened.

On Tuesday, the victim said the crossing “is a huge problem area for pedestrians and asks the Township to make changes “before someone has to write sorrow for a loved one.”

Advocates band together

The incident came as no surprise to an Aldergrove mother and student who have advocated for changes to the crossing as early as two years ago.

For as long as mother Cashmere Roder – a member of the school’s PAC – can remember, parents have expressed concerns to the Township about the crosswalk.

Roder pressed the Township about the matter in October, and was told that its staff conducted inventory on the motorists making turns at the crossway and noted “no observances of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles,” Township traffic technologist Erik Berg said.

As such, the intersection has not been converted into a traffic signal.

Currently, overhead crosswalk flashers and in-pavement flashers warn motorists of potential pedestrians crossing 272nd Street at the crossing. The upgrades were put in place in 2007 as an addition to the original four-way intersection, according to the Township.

RELATED: One too many ‘close calls’ at intersection near Aldergrove school

Though Roder worries that drivers passing assume the yellow lights ask motorists to use caution, and not for a complete stop as families and children attempt to cross the busy street.

When activated by the press of a button, the crosswalk announces: “Amber pedestrian lights are now flashing, proceed with caution. Vehicles may not stop.”

“It’s complete chaos,” Roder said, noting the high volume of close calls other PAC parents have reported experiencing at the intersection.

In May, Roder told the Aldergrove Star “we don’t want to have to wait until a emergency happens, for something to be done.” As of Feb. 12, the recent victim was not able to sit, Roder said.

Ten-year-old Shortreed student, Mya Grainger, was heartbroken after hearing that a mother was harmed last week.

“It would have been a lot worse if it would have been her child,” Roder said.

Grainger picketed at the crosswalk in June, asking the Township for a stop light to be installed to keep her and her classmates safe.

“There are a lot of kids from my school who are terrified of this crosswalk,” Grainger said.

Roder and Grainger have joined forces to push the Township to prevent further conflicts between motorists and pedestrians at the crossing, just a few blocks from school.

RELATED: Elementary student’s call for stop light at ‘unsafe’ intersection gains traction

Langley RCMP Traffic Section Sgt. Matthew Lebelle said the crosswalk is classified a “level three” crossing, which means its level of traffic is above current safety requirements.

Labelle suggests Aldergrove residents report to police license plates that do not stop for pedestrians.

Matter reaches council

Township staff has since conducted a cost analysis for implementing added safety measures at the crossing, prompted by Aldergrove councillor Bob Long.

As 2020 budget talks are finalizing, the project has been flagged with three options residents can vote for on a capital budget questionnaire: a $300,000 full signal installation, $250,000 pedestrian signal installation, or $30,000 curb bulge installation.

The form can be accessed online here. Feedback at tolbudget@tol.ca is considered until March 3.

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