Originally Posted by eternallyme
Signalized crosswalks should be limited to situations where one or more of the following is met:
1) Speed limit is 70 km/h or higher, or the operating speed (85th percentile) is 75 km/h or higher
2) Roadway has more than 4 lanes of traffic
3) Pedestrian activity is extremely high (i.e. the crossings on Rideau Street)
In the case of Colonel By and Queen Elizabeth Drives, none of those apply (2 lanes, 60 km/h with a general flow at or below that, moderate but notable pedestrian activity)
I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree.
1. First of all, in my experience 10kph over the speed limit is normal on those stretches of road and 20kph over is quite common. Even if people actually abided by the law, why 70kph? With many blind corners it would be very easy for someone doing 60kph to not see someone until it is too late.
2. You and I might be able to bound across two lanes (illegally at that), but what about the elderly or families?
3. And why isn't it currently? Maybe more people would opt to take a stroll down the canal if getting to it was safer/more convenient.
It boggles me mind that one of the nicest parts of Ottawa is effectively segregated from the rest of the city. For what? So people coming off the highway can get downtown five minutes faster? The downtowns of cities should be worthwhile places in themselves and not sacrificed to make getting in and out as quick as possible.