Comment 52947

By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted December 10, 2010 at 11:34:12

The whole design of Fortino's Plaza parking lot, the crosswalks at King and Dundurn and the treatment of pedestrians making their way to Westdale along King West are all unfortunate features of our daily landscape. As many comments have made clear, there are multiple bad design decisions here:

  1. If you want to walk west to Westdale along King you have to sprint across a highway entrance ramp at the Cathedral.
  2. If you want to leave Fortino's and go north you're out of luck - unless you sprint across the full width of King (many do).
  3. If you want to go to Fortino's west of Dundurn you have to negotiate a very pedestrian-unfriendly intersection (which is annoying every time I walk it).

All three of these features speak volumes about how Hamilton treats pedestrians. All three must be corrected for Hamilton to have any credibility as a good place to raise a child. Not just in these prominent locations but everywhere else similar features exist - as a matter of design policy.

These design policies might include: a. don't force pedestrians to sprint across lanes of accelerating cars b. have pedestrian crosswalks on all sides of every intersection c. enable motorists to leave in all directions from major shopping centres d. don't encourage motorists to do crazy stuff like sprinting across all lanes of a major street

Comment edited by michaelcumming on 2010-12-10 10:35:12

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