Pedestrian needs to walk on the road due to poor sidewalk condition.

Walking to work this morning I noticed this Lakehead University student walking on Oliver Road because the slushy mess that accumulated on the sidewalk, since the plow last came by, froze into a solid-lumpy-icy mess overnight. The pedestrian would retreat onto the sidewalk when ever there was a press of morning commuters coming at him, and then take a chance that he could make it to the next intersection or driveway before another large group of vehicles came by.

This is a major pedestrian route from a residential area to the University which has approximately 7,000 students in addition to many more staff and faculty. You can see two small green dots in the distance - this is the entrance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. This is the only acute care hospital in Thunder Bay, and serves the entire region. Oliver Road is one of two routes to the hospital. I have witnessed parents pushing their children in strollers along the roadway, where this student is walking, because the sidewalks are not passable. This is also a transit route. Sad!

 

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...