Sweating the little stuff and keeping people accountable.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 27th, 2021



Yesterday’s news.

Vill Square grass

This was yesterday.

Today’s feature photograph.

Tree & grass May 27

This was today. Much nicer.

The observant resident and Gazette reader who brought the messy grass situation in Village Square to our attention added this morning that:  “That did the trick.”

Local news works.

The bureaucrats don’t like it.

The vested interests don’t like it and sue to get their way.

Poorly tended property is small potatoes – but small potatoes grow into big potatoes. Local news does work  – believe in it and support it.

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4 comments to Sweating the little stuff and keeping people accountable.

  • The thing about crosswalks on busy streets like Guelph Line is that they can be hazards. The bike path at Guelph line is only a short distance from the lights at New Street. Walk your bike to the lights and cross safely.

    • David Barker

      So why have the centre island? To encourage pedestrians to play a Hunger Games type game of Dice With Death maybe?

      The cycle path crossings of Walkers Line and Appleby Line each have traffic light controlled crossings with centre island to boot !

      Your argument also does not stand because you will note that on the just as busy Brant St a number of pedestrian crossings have been installed.

      Why fight to find an argument to not do something which makes perfect sense in the protection of pedestrians and cyclists. The vehicles will still get to where they want to go in the same amount of time. It’s just a matter of being courteous. Also it’s a bit like on the water. Sail boats get right of way over powered boats, and smaller powered boats get right of way over larger ones.

  • David Barker

    Well let’s test that local journalistic super power.

    Last summer pedestrian crosswalks were established for the benefit of pedestrians and cyclists along the Centennial Cycle Path. A crosswalk has been placed at pretty much every road crossing the cycle path.

    For some reason only known to city staff there is no crosswalk to at the entrance to the cycle path at Martha Street, where pedestrians and cyclists leaving downtown access the cycle path or wher the cycle path crosses Guelph Line. Presently there is no crosswalk at either. At Guelph Line there is a central median island where pedestrians and cyclists have to stand terrified waiting for a gap in the traffic or for the rare kindly driver to stop and allow the people to cross. A few days ago whilst out there cycling, along with other cyclists and a couple of pedestrians I was able to clear the traffic free north bound lane to get to the centre island. However, the lights at News Street had just changed. A line of vehicles sped south, led by a police 4×4. I had my arm outstretched demonstrating a desire to cross. Not one of about 10 or so vehicles contemplated stopping for us. It is like that all the time.

    I have been in contact with city staff (Nem Ivosevic, Traffic Technologist, Transportation Services) seeking to get a crosswalk installed at the Guelph Line site.

    Here is an excerpt of correspondence from Ivosevic.

    “Regarding the crossing on Guelph Line, this is not a Pedestrian Crossover and therefore pedestrians do not have the right of way. Vehicular traffic is not required to stop to allow pedestrians to cross, it is up to the pedestrian to cross when there is a gap in vehicular traffic. With the presence of the refuge island in the middle of the roadway, it allows the pedestrian to cross while only having to yield right of way to one direction at a time, making it easier to cross the road than in most situations where there is no protected pedestrian crossing measure present.

    As a result of your inquiry, we will order a gap study which will examine the total number of pedestrian crossings at this location within the study period (typically an 8 hour study) and will also capture the delay each pedestrian experiences when crossing. This will give us the information needed to determine if there are any issues at this location and a requirement for improvement. I will share these results with you once they are evaluated by my department and we can discuss further if needed.”

    Ivosevic proposes a traffic study to see if a crossing is needed, really. A traffic study of the very busy Guelph Line. And yet the same traffic technologist came to the correct conclusion that crosswalks were needed on Seneca, Delaware, Smith and other side streets; roads with considerably less traffic.

    I am not a trained traffic technologist, but common sense would seem to say if crosswalks are justifiable on less busy side streets along the same cycle path, then surely they are more than justified for Guelph Line and Martha Street.

    So superman journalist can you get the city to install crosswalks on Martha and Guelph Line at the cycle path.

    Editor’s note: We are a little busy right now – working on making sure the sun rises tomorrow. We will get to your problem when there is some time Mr. Brker

  • Lynn Crosby

    Reminds me of The Fixer column in the Toronto Star, where residents report things which they’ve tried reporting to 311 or Toronto City hall, to no avail, and quite often once columnist Jack Lakey publishes a photo and an article and makes a couple of phone calls himself, something that may have sat as an eyesore or danger for years is finally fixed.

    Next up: the major eyesores of houses sold, sitting empty, windows removed and boarded up, property full of tall weeds, sometimes for years, while the developer who owns it waits to begin a new build. Usually they do manage to come and cut down all the trees first, just to make it look even worse.