If anyone knows the identity of these two lawbreakers, please notify the police so that they can be fined.
Cumberland and Sanford Avenues are quiet residential streets. Sanford ends in a cul-de-sac against the escarpment a short block south of Cumberland.
Cumberland ends at Wentworth a block west of Sanford.
All-way stop signs are present at their intersection for traffic calming. And there's a nice little park on the southeast corner.
Looks like a pedestrian-friendly place, right? But wait, let's take a closer look at that sign to the right of the green park sign.
You see, Cumberland jogs a few metres south to the west of Sanford, such that the north sidewalk west of Sanford lines up almost exactly with the south sidewalk on the east side.
Apparently lawless pedestrians were crossing the street at that point. Chaos ensued!
Luckily, the city came to the rescue with those helpful signs. Because it's not like they had more important issues to address.
The other walkability fails to date all share one common factor: a major street with high-volume car traffic. One could imagine a utilitarian city planner who simply placed too much weight on the convenience of motorists as opposed to pedestrians.
Well, Cumberland and Sanford ruins that theory. There are hardly any motorists there, and they're all from that neighbourhood. Neither street is a through street.
If our city planners are utilitarians, the only weight they could possibly be placing on pedestrian convenience is zero.
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