In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1984. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: During a council meeting in June 1984, councillor Terry Rodgers said “I am very much afraid someone is going to get killed there,” speaking of the unmarked crosswalk that connected the Whistler Village and the Whistler Golf Course across Highway 99. A 1983 transportation study called for an underpass to be built (there is currently an underpass that connects the Village and golf course) but in 1984 there were no signs for either motorists or pedestrians. Signs and crosswalk lines could only be added by the Department of Highways, which said that the problem should be addressed by the municipality.
Question: Do you think that the Highway 99 crossing between the Village and the golf course is safe enough?
Rod Sawyers – Hotel Employee – Whistler Cay
No, actually I don’t think it is. A lot of people don’t stop, and a lot of kids use it. It should be marked, possibly with signs and a painted crosswalk. The municipality should be responsible – it’s at the end of Valley Trail. Maybe a group effort.
Michael MacNeill – Psychologist – Vancouver
For kids, no. I think a different crossing would be needed. Perhaps a big culvert underneath would be the easiest way.
Diane Goos – Broker’s Assistant – West Vancouver
No, I don’t – specifically because the cars come speeding along and there’s no warning. My preference would be an overpass but in the interim flashing lights, with buttons for pedestrians to push, would do it.