Another New Curb

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Nice new sidewalk. But where is the cut in the new curb? This is at the intersection of Court St and McVicar St. A perfectly appropriate and legal place for a pedestrian to cross the street. The recreation trail continues on both sides of Court St, along McVicar Creek, and so it is difficult to believe that the City would not consider the pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and others who will cross here. I can’t hop the curb with my recumbent bike, it would be difficult for children on bicycles and impossible for someone with a wheelchair.

Encouraging active transportation is a stated goal of the City but does not yet seem to be integrated into other planning. I have noted dozens of similar deficiencies with infrastructure constructed in recent years. Thunder Bay is spending more money on sidewalks and cycling lanes but continue to build unnecessary barriers to pedestrians and cyclists.

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