Sorry, but I just don't think that any of the alternatives are viable. Increased truck traffic going up the Sarcee hill would create its own set of traffic problems and safety issues. It was quite a few years ago that a car full of nuns got killed at Bowfort Road because they were rear-ended by a big truck. With no viable alternative, the problem is merely shifted onto other roadways.
Unfortunately there is no ideal solution. In a perfect world, the highways would all be twinned and we'd all get home safely. But I just can't get behind an idea that wouldn't even be a band-aid solution - it just shifts the problem elsewhere.
Edit: I'd sign a petition to twin the highway in an instant, because that addresses the need. Banning trucks is missing the mark.
That's actually a pretty impressive site, emti. I thought it'd be like an excel spreadsheet with a statement on top. Well done.
That said, I disagree with banning truck traffic from that road. I fully support twinning it, however. If the mission was more along the lines of "ban trucks from HWY 8 until it is twinned", I'd probably sign it. But as it is, I just don't agree with banning trucks from a route that was used for a long time, just because the area suddenly saw huge suburban growth.
Surviving a head on collision with something the same size as you takes a minor miracle. If the guy had run head-on into a passenger vehicle instead, he would probably still be dead and would probably have taken others with him. Banning trucks from a road like that is totally nonsensical. The issue of banning trucks is totally different from the issue of twinning a road, so I don't think it's fair to tell people to sign something they disagree with just because they would be signing something.
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For the record, I did not create or have anything to do with the site or any of this. I am just someone who lost 2 friends there. I agree with all of you on the fact that twinning should be done in the first place, which i stated when this thread was originally created. So i understand and do agree that removing the trucks really isnt the proper alternative im just saying it doesnt hurt to take the time and sign the petition in hopes for some sort of change on this road.
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So, I don't see the harm in you taking 2 minutes out of your day to type your first and last name onto a petition to get something done. It may not actually do anything but whats the harm in trying?
I don't know if you understand petitions...you realize if you want me to sign it, you're asking me to support your position. If I do not support your position, I do not sign it. The harm in trying "even if you don't agree" is that now I would be on a list of people who apparently agree that trucks should be banned from Highway 8. That is not a fair representation of my opinion.
I support measures to increase driver safety like the suggested increased enforcement against aggresive and/or distracted drivers on the road. Write a petition about that, and you'll get my name on it.
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that hill doesnt seem very steep, just pretty long. is it that bad for trucks?
It's actually a pretty good grade. If you're bored in traffic, drive from 16th to Bow via Sarcee, set your cruise, and pay attention to where your tach is, and how many times it downshifts. You'd probably be surprised at the extra effort even a passenger vehicle takes on that route.
If you drive a stick, leave the car in 5th and try to keep it at a steady speed near the speed limit.