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Parking lot safety at Westbank

School has definitely started again! We are always excited to see our teens back after school - studying, reading, working on projects, learning from tutors, visiting with each other, and volunteering. Along with our teens, though, comes a safety issue caused by parents using the library parking lot as a pickup spot after school instead of picking up their kids over at the school in the designated spots.

Despite a banner reminding folks to pick their kids up at the school, and signs instructing people not to idle in the traffic lane, we have drivers blocking traffic in our tiny parking lot. This means that people coming to use the library have trouble finding a place to park, and small children are running between illegally parked cars to get to the library.

In the past, we have been able to hire security to help patrol the parking lot, but this year we have been unable to find a company that will contract for fewer than 4 hours per day. When we can spare staff, someone will go out and hand out maps showing drivers where they are supposed to pick up kids at the school, but it is a thankless task, as drivers often do not react well to the news that they can't just park wherever they want.

It's a dilemma.  So while we continue to look for solutions:

  • Be extremely careful in the parking lot, especially if you have small children who may be unaware of traffic. Not only do people ignore the signs not to idle, they also ignore the entrance and exit arrows, so they sometimes flow against traffic.
  • If your child is studying at the library after school, and you come to pick him or her up afterwards, please pull into a parking spot to wait.
  • Try to shift your library stop so it is outside of the 4:00-4:30 window. We hate to ask people to do this, but we want everyone to be safe.
  • If you know someone who is using our parking lot strictly for after school pickup (student is not using the library), mention this safety issue to them and ask them to pick up their kids at the school.
  • Send us any ideas you have!