Comment 82816

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:10:45

The best thing that can happen is for the city to start being held legally responsible for negligence in such matters. At any workplace, if injuries occurred because safety features were not respected or omitted, there would be liability and fines. Cities need to start being accountable for things they CAN do but DON'T.

A good example is the continuing fight over Jarvis bike lanes in Toronto. The stats showed a 89% reduction in collisions after the bike lanes were put in. Now, those that work and live on Jarvis, travel by bike, and cannot avail of an alternate route, will be placed back in danger. People injured because of negligence of safety features should start including the city in their lawsuit. I don't advocate a lawyer-paradise-sue-everybody type of culture, that is awful, but is there not some way to hold cities responsible for negligence when steps they could have taken to improve safety are not taken? It needs to start hurting the bottom line when people get mowed down by cars because of shoddy road design.

And removing all sidewalks on a residential street? That absolutely should be illegal. If they need to tear up both sidewalks at the same time, they should close a lane, and clearly mark a 'pedestrian detour'.

Comment edited by mikeonthemountain on 2012-11-13 11:12:30

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