Crosswalks dominate agenda at Thunder Bay City Hall
City council considers lots of options on how to cross the road
The concept of crossing the road may seem simple, but it caused a lot of discussion at Thunder Bay city hall Monday night.
Council heard how the province recently approved Bill 31, which allows for the creation of pedestrian crossovers in Ontario. They include paint markings on roadways, signage, and some include flashing lights.
"There's a lot of frustration in the community on the inaction on this issue," said Liane Boyer McLean. "The councillors in this area seem to be well aware of the issue. And, because of regulations and engineering restrictions, there's been no action."
"Is there a need and desired lines for pedestrians in that area, and there is not a warrant for traffic signals, we should be considering crossovers," said Ryan Love, the city's traffic technologist.
Other traffic issues
Council also approved looking into standardizing signals for pedestrians at intersections across the city. The Accessibility Advisory Committee has longstanding concerns that the placement of poles, pedestrian control signal buttons and accessibility of the control buttons make it difficult for some to cross the street.
Administration will look into the issue.
Administration will also come back to council near the end of the summer to report on how to improve safety along Woodcrest Road. A report was pulled from the agenda, after it recommended pulling all parking in the area as a temporary measure.