If I asked you to think of groups of people to whom walkability and accessible buildings matter a great deal, you'd probably come up with something like this list: children, elderly people, pregnant women, people who use gait aids or wheelchairs, people who are physically frail.
That is, people who tend to use the services provided at an institution like St. Joseph's Hospital.
Given that St. Joe's is located on our city's main north-south street (James South) and is within easy walking distance of our main east-west streets (King and Main) and our local and regional transit hubs (HSR MacNab Terminal and Hamilton GO Centre), one would think that City Hall would have prioritized walkability in the area around the hospital.
Instead, the city has done this:
'Pedestrians Cross Other Side' sign on the east side of Hughson at Charlton
'Pedestrians Cross Other Side' sign on the north side of St. Joseph's Drive at James
'Pedestrians Cross Other Side' sign on the south side of Herkimer at James
'Pedestrians Cross Other Side' sign on the south side of Charlton at James
The last of these signs is juxtaposed against the following banners to the east:
Leader: Lung Care
Leader: Bariatric Care
On a more concrete note, the closest HSR stop to SJH on the 8 Aberdeen route is at the southeast corner of MacNab and Charlton. Because pedestrians can't cross James on the south side of Charlton, they either have to cross Charlton twice or walk up the hill to Herkimer in order to get to the hospital.
Again, this isn't a big obstacle to a young adult with no mobility restrictions, but it is a very significant barrier to a lot of people who might need to get to St. Joe's for one reason or another.
Presumably the city would argue that since pedestrians are obeying the signage, there is no demand for pedestrian crossings at these intersections.
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