By John Neary
Published August 15, 2012
A tidbit from Emma Reilly's front-page article in the Spectator last Saturday unintentionally demonstrates how city staff still just don't get what it means to design our streets around people.
As Reilly reports:
Gary Moore, the city's director of engineering services, says there's no schedule or funding set up for any of the remaining conversions. Moore says they will only be addressed when major work is taking place on any of these roads.
"Major work", in this context, clearly means resurfacing a roadway to improve its suitability for automobile traffic.
In other words, even when we decide to change the design of our streets to put people ahead of cars, we don't actually implement the new design until we're prompted to by the needs of ... cars!
It's as if Alternative Transportation manager Daryl Bender got to nix the resurfacing of the 403 bridges on the grounds that the sidewalks and bike paths were still in good shape.