Comment 111961

By StephenBarath (registered) | Posted June 03, 2015 at 13:14:28 in reply to Comment 111957

Thanks again! I’ll be curious to know what these other approved “tools” are.

I would personally question how light is too light. Cheaper is better since it means the possibility for wider implementation, but if motorists don’t understand their responsibilities, a crossover with painted lines but without a traffic light might give people crossing on foot a false sense of security. I can think of many instances in Hamilton where painted crosswalks exist, but a miniscule number of motorists yield the right-of-way to people on foot properly. In these cases, since motorists are not educated and not held accountable, it seems to me that there is little difference between crossing at a crosswalk and crossing midblock where there is no marking in place- drivers react the same way.

(The solution is either to educate motorists, or enforce the law, or both.)

I’m still glad that municipalities will be able to install more crosswalks. I hope other measures are taken to make sure they work as they should.

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