Comment 99335

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 28, 2014 at 16:52:40

I live on Charlton a block from Queen, and must cross Queen, and walk along it taking my children to school. It is not a pleasant, or safe experience given the speed and inattention of the traffic.

The lack of safe crossings at most intersections limits walking options, and the intersection at Herkimer is particularly bad. Even crossing Queen at Herkimer as a cyclist is nerve wracking, as you try to judge whether there is a safe gap after the red light for the through traffic before the turning traffic from Charlton hits you. This is made worse by the design of the intersection and the high-speed acceleration encouraged by the multi-lane one-way design that minimizes driver "hazards" (like pedestrian crossings, parked cars, trees and oncoming traffic).

Walking along Queen on a narrow sidewalk with no buffer, with traffic coming at high speed from behind (one-way makes it impossible to walk facing the traffic) with a child in each hand is not safe or pleasant.

It doesn't have to be like this. And it shouldn't be like this any longer.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-03-28 17:00:24

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