Leonie Bennett took this photos of congestion on Kennedy Street.
The Kennedy Street resident said the congestion went from bad to worse after the city closed an alley behind the school where parents used to drop off their children.
"The traffic has now moved to Kennedy Street which is a block back from the school. Cars are parking too close to the corners, stop sign and private driveways," she said.
It is already a narrow street, complicated by a school bus trying to go down the street at the same time as school traffic starts, she said.
"This morning, the school bus could not move because cars were parked on either side of the street with traffic turning from Mountain to go north on Kennedy. At the same time, the bus was going south to Mountain and Kennedy where there is a pickup for KSS students. The bus could not continue as there was no room to go."
One motorist and the bus driver both suggested calling the city's bylaw department to ticket all the vehicles parked illegally.
One pickup was parked right at the crosswalk making it difficult to see students crossing the street.
"Cars were parked in driveways and stopped both ways. I have lived on this street for 23 years and have never seen such chaos. Someone is going to be seriously injured or much worse. A fatality will happen if nothing is done.
"This chaos happens twice a day," said Bennett.
Parked vehicles picking up their children take up three-quarters of the 900 block of Kennedy, she said, counting 23 of them. For the past 10 years, Bennett has tried unsuccessfully to get the city to make Kennedy a 30 km/h school zone, to install one or two speed bumps and place proper signage on Kennedy Street at Mountain Avenue.
Larry Paul, secretary-treasurer for the school district, noted he has supervised at the school when that alley was open.
"It was definitely not a safe scenario because there was no walking path for the kids. The other problem was they were parking down there, which limited the visibility even more. Kids were actually getting out of vehicles (parked on the left side) into the alley so you're getting doors flying open as cars are driving down."
The city installed traffic calming measures around the school and Paul thinks traffic will flow better once drivers become familiar with the changes.
"Talking to the school, they actually think the traffic is flowing much better than it used to. We found the same thing happened at KLO and Const. Neil Bruce (after traffic changes)."
If parking on both sides of Kennedy is a problem, the city could prohibit parking on one side, he said. And the route of the school bus could be changed.