Piling Snow to Block the Path

I'm not sure why someone thinks it is appropriate to pile snow in front of the paved recreation path through Incinerator Park. It could be because the path is not plowed during the winter. And in spite of this fact the path is obviously well used and there is always a well packed trail very soon after every new snowfall. It is not hard to figure out why the path is well used when you look at the importance of this pedestrian and cycling route to the neighbourhood. The question is: "why is this trail not better maintained?"

The path through the park between Ray Blvd and Ravenwood Ave is approximately 245 m. A relatively easy jaunt for most. The two alternate routes are approximately 6 times the distance at 1,460 m walking up to Oliver Rd or 1,410 m walking down to Beverly St. Considering that most people will not walk more than 400 m if given a choice of transportation options, means that abandoning this route during the winter is extremely irresponsible. 

Garbage cans to collect the Tim Horton's trash at the east end of the trail and Mac's Milk litter at the west end would also be a major improvement! The next thing you know, residents will want lighting along the trail...

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.