By Graham McNally
Published March 22, 2010
The right turn from Main St. W. to Dundurn Ave. is great - no light to stop traffic for pedestrians, and a tiny little traffic island if you don't make it across main before the light changes.
When the bus lets a bunch of people out, there is a great moment where there are 10+ people crammed onto this thing.
Planner: I know - we'll make the lights at this intersection unlike any other in the world!
This is a category unto itself - a category of intersections where the good people in the traffic department of the city had a bit too much fun with their ability to set up the traffic lights.
Nearly all four directions of traffic at this intersection have their own green lights. Actually, I think there are three - eastbound, westbound, and then north and south get the short end of the stick and are forced to go through the intersection at the same time.
The effect is that people stand on the corner waiting for three cycles of lights to cross. Cars that don't know the intersection and can't decipher the signs about which light is green when end up confused - "Opposite traffic moves separately?" - I should hope traffic remains separated!
I think this one should be called 'Ole Faithful' since it is basically a "fill in the blank" fail. It's clearly more important that cars be able to get up the mountain or from Queen St. to Aberdeen Ave. (and out of the city) than that people be able to cross.
While traffic has an advance green to turn left after coming down the mountain, there is a green light for right-hand turners. Cars do not slow down as they make this turn.
Then there is a merge lane to go from southbound on Queen right to Aberdeen. Again, no lights for pedestrians, so good luck there, too!
And while we're on a fail tangent, check out this drive-thru fail: two Tim Horton's literally within a stone's throw of each other, each with a drive-thru.
You'll note that the next building over is a Harvey's/Swiss Chalet - and of course, it has a drive-thru and the parking lots connect.
Why get out and walk when you can drive? If the road is too busy, don't worry - we've also connected the parking lots just to make sure that you won't have to get out of your car.
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