Sidewalks are coming. Slowly.

You heard it here first: an increasingly rare urban design that is prevalent in Weston will soon be lost to history.

It’s a change you’re not likely to regret, however.

Several of the roads north of Church Street have no sidewalks, or have sidewalks on only one side of the street. The city now plans to remedy that and add sidewalks to every street in Toronto, as part of its Vision Zero plan to reduce pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

The story I’ve heard is that in the 1950s, when people expected to drive everywhere, streets in suburbs were built without sidewalks. Now that the the mania for auto-eroticism has passed, we’re regretting that decision.

The city says that sidewalks will be installed, bit by bit, when road reconstruction happens, or as a standalone project, subject to budget availability.

 

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

One thought on “Sidewalks are coming. Slowly.”

  1. Church St is a formal ‘collector’ road requiring sidewalks on both sides of the street. But city geniuses put the south sidewalk in the middle of the street as a kind of speeding deterrent. And it’s curbless, meaning meant to be driven on. Trouble is, being a bus route means the street is plowed of snow before the sidewalk. Many times i’ve seen pedestrians walking on the centre of the road, as the only clear path. Vision? Zero!

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