It can be insightful to take another perspective on something we’re used to. Yesterday I walked the length of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Iron Horse Trail and photographed it from its most common vantage points — the roads crossing it. There is little immediately evident in these photos, but I will explain below.
What these photos show is the absence of anything to indicate the presence of the Iron Horse Trail. Which is a problem. How can we expect motorists to be mindful of a major path crossing if they cannot see it? Pedestrian infrastructure for the crossings is needed in order for motorists to give due attention to trail users, for the safety and improved experience of those trail users, and for better awareness of the Iron Horse Trail itself.
The Iron Horse Trail warrants raised crossings that are visually distinct from the rest of the road, but at the very least it should have zebra crossings.
(This entry is cross-posted to my personal blog.)
4 thoughts on “Another perspective on the Iron Horse Trail”
You know, I’ve been up and down the Iron Horse Trail several times, but I never realized how little indication there is at each of those crossings. Your pictures make it very clear!
I remember the Park St. crossing having dotted lines indicating it, back when the trail was first paved. That’s long since gone, of course, and was sadly never replaced.
A new trail in Halifax unfortunately puts the shoe on the other foot, telling cyclists to dismount rather than alerting motorists: http://spacingatlantic.ca/2010/03/18/hug-it-but-dont-ride-it/
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