One comment
  1. There are extensive laws regarding what can and can’t be done with markings. As a rule of thumb, if you want to deviate from the MUTCDC, you need public consultation and lengthy (read: appallingly expensive) for each individual instance. Remember that crosswalk design does not fall within the City’s jurisdiction – they’re designed under provincial and federal laws.

    As far as specific input on your presentation goes, the in-road lights are not suitable for Canadian roads. Snowplows beat the everliving hell out of anything they pass over. If you want an example, take a look at cats-eyes reflectors in the UK. Plows are also the reason why we stripe the asphalt instead of installing mounds for lane departure warning.

    Motion sensitive lighting is also ill-advised. Animals, blowing litter, leaves, etc. will activate them, which will lead to drivers disregarding them (missing the opportunity for further signalling). Tie the lights to the beacon instead, so they’re only activated by pedestrians. Or, just leave them on all day.

    Scatter crosswalks on Spring Garden are unnecessary. Spring Garden is already rife with jaywalking, despite controlled crosswalks at every signaled intersection. Impatience is not the issue either, as there are two uncontrolled marked crosswalks. These crosswalks serve as ironic backdrops to jaywalkers who refuse to deviate the ~20m to use them.

    You have nice ideas, but making crosswalks flashier is not the solution to this problem. Improved driver training will eliminate almost all major accidents, and improved pedestrian education will take care of the rest.

Add Comment

Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published.