Re: Tour of White Rock’s track, Oct. 15.
I read with interest that the City of White Rock and BNSF officials are now looking to identify options for improving pedestrian safety along White Rock’s waterfront rail line.
Not only should it be safe for locals, but also for visitors who may not be aware of the train tracks.
At most places, the trains’ rail line is guarded by black guardrails along the promenade. In the daylight, it’s obvious that train rails exists on the other side of the guardrail and that they – the guardrails – offer some warning to not enter the track area. In addition to the guardrails, there are also signs indicating it is unsafe and against the law to enter.
But in the evenings and at night, the black guardrails are harder to distinguish from the track area.
In some dimly lit areas, not only are the warning signs difficult to see, so are the guardrails themselves because of their lack of color. Their blackness give the impression that whatever is on the other side mustn’t be dangerous.
If the purpose of this guardrail is to keep persons from crossing into the train track area, it should be visible all the time; not just the day.
The promenade should be safe for evening and night visitors from other areas who may not know about the train tracks.
Tony Roy, White Rock