Comment 31119

By brodiec (registered) | Posted May 16, 2009 at 19:39:45

My mother returned recently from a trip to Calgary to visit my brother and his family. She is disabled, lives on the East Mountain and uses a walker. During a walk together today we noticed (not for the first time) the myriad of pedestrian hazards along Upper Gage Ave as noted in the article. She also noted that in Calgary motorists almost exclusively stopped and allowed her to cross without signage instructing them to do so.

Specifically dangerous in Hamilton throughout the mountain is access to the LINC. Exits to the parkway have yield signs followed by traffic buttons followed by highly dangerous entrances to the LINC. The relief of the roadway allows no pedestrian vision to oncoming traffic which has the right of way. Three crossings for pedestrians in three different fashions twice is what is required to cross the LINC overpasses! First you yield, then you press a button and then RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Repeat the process at the other end of the over-pass. Which ironically given the high density of seniors and people with disabilities in the area, let alone perfectly able pedestrians, just screams for you to jay-walk or not observe the posted signs.

Or, you know, get hit by a car.

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