An ongoing issue with jaywalking outside Saskatoon’s Aden Bowman Collegiate has a city committee looking at ways to curb the problem.
Students routinely cross Clarence Avenue to the neighbouring strip mall during their breaks, instead of walking less than a block to the intersection at Taylor Street.
Some students even draw their own crosswalk on the road during warmer months, which can be confusing to drivers.
On Monday the city’s transportation committee will look at a number of possible solutions to deter jaywalkers, including an urban landscape project immediatly adjacent to the school.
The $125,000 “Bear Square” project would include trees, flags and fencing to direct students towards the intersection crosswalk at Taylor St.
The square would also be designed to hold pep rallies and public speaking events.
Other options include a mid-block pedestrian crossing and increased enforcement.
The crossing hasn’t garnered support from consultants, while enforcement would mean issuing jaywalking tickets to students.
The committee will also look at the possibility of adding a centreline fence on Clarence Avenue which could include a raised concrete barrier.