Comment 67496

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted August 05, 2011 at 15:12:21

In response to the crosswalk question, Hart himself told me that he had decided to only permit crosswalks at signalized intersections (i.e. those with a traffic light or stop sign), based on his interpretation of the Highway Traffic Act and the associated regulations. He considered the existing crosswalks were unsafe and could expose the city to legal action if someone were hurt.

The signs warning motorists of the crosswalk were removed from the many existing non-signalized crosswalks, and the pavement markings were simply allowed to fade.

This always struck me as a very dangerous solution, as the lines give the pedestrian the impression there is still a crosswalk while the absence of signs suggests to motorists there isn't. They could have at least ground off the pavement markings!

Of course, it also sets the bar very high for a crosswalk, as the only solution on busy roads is now a pedestrian activated traffic light, which costs about $80,000-$100,000 to install.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2011-08-05 15:15:42

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