Lawrence Road is the southernmost boundary of our Delta West neighbourhood. It starts at the west end of Gage Park, and ends at King Street East, where it becomes the on-ramp for the southbound Red Hill Valley Parkway.
It is, in fact, a convenient route to the Parkway from our neighbourhood, and I don't object to this in principle-I use it sometimes myself. I don't even get frightened when I am being pushed on Lawrence by a driver who wants to travel twenty kilometres an hour over the speed limit.
This is not because I am a particularly courageous person. I normally drive our GMC Astro van. If a black sedan pushing me were to crash into my tail end at an intersection, the driver would be both at fault (to use insurancespeak) and dead or maimed. I, on the other hand, would be neither.
My husband, now - there's a brave soul. He insists on driving the limit on Lawrence Road in our compact even when a pick-up truck is following too closely. If he's rear-ended he won't be at fault, but he'll leave me a young middle-aged widow with many mouths to feed.
Courage can be found in others on Lawrence Road, too. Consider, if you will, the plucky souls from our neighbourhood who wait for the Delaware bus, on a bike path (no sidewalk in sight), while cars whiz by without the calming effect of a traffic light or stop sign for blocks.
No sidewalk in sight for blocks...
...even though this end of Lawrence borders Gage Park, for which we all have such high hopes.
The sidewalks appear on the other side of the Kenilworth overpass, in the Rosedale neighbourhood. Here, some traffic lights can finally be seen: one set at Rosedale, and the other at Cochrane:
Past this intersection, we come to the place where a lionhearted crossing guard earns his retirement income:
In the absence of a traffic light or even two-way stop signs, the crossing guard is all that stands between children walking to school and cars heading to and from the Red Hill Valley Parkway. God bless him.
And for spirit of adventure, nothing tops the intrepid cyclists who travel the length of Lawrence Road to the very place where the bike path ends suddenly.
Clearly, these hearty souls follow in the path of Sir Edmund Hilary: they take the Lawrence Road bike path not to conquer it, but to conquer themselves.
I mean, if they really wanted to use Lawrence Road to get somewhere on King Street East or Mount Albion Road, they'd drive - in a big Astro van, like me.
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