A local woman told North Bay City Council, Tuesday, how Algonquin Avenue traffic and safety had affected her life negatively.
Dr. Rebecca Seidler, a veterinarian who practices on Algonquin Avenue, told Council that she has long known the dangers of navigating the busy street. In March, she learned first-hand how damaging to her personal and professional life a motor vehicle collision could be.
While driving in the left lane, headed south on Algonquin Avenue just past the Norwood Avenue intersection, Seidler came upon a car stopped in her path, trying to turn left across traffic into a gas station parking lot. Seidler hit the brakes to stop and was rear-ended by a speeding vehicle. Her own vehicle then collided with the stopped one in front of her.
The ricochet has left Seidler with post-concussion syndrome. She has been unable to work and is still suffering the effects from the collision, including whiplash.
An emotional Seidler’s message to Council was that, “We must think of something we can do differently,” when it comes to traffic on the busy road, adding “I’d like to get back to work, I’d like to get my life back.”
In May 2016, two elderly people were killed while trying to cross four lanes of traffic to get to a medical building on Algonquin Avenue. Barb Islam, the second of three women to address safety concerns on Algonquin Avenue, Tuesday night, declared that “we need a push button-activated pedestrian crossing.”
Presenter Monique Peters told Council that statistics show that the Algonquin Avenue corridor contains many of the worst spots for motor vehicle collisions in North Bay.
Coun. George Maroosis gave notice that he would be bringing a motion forward to have the City engineer look into the issue. Maroosis seemed sure that some of the jurisdiction was the purview of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.