Saturday, December 3, 2011

Photo: No Jaywalking on Granville

For a time after the completion of the Canada Line, most of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver was entirely a pedestrian mall; that's the way I found it when I came in June 2010. By the time I returned this had fallen somewhat by the wayside, with its reopening to buses - not that there's anything wrong with a transit mall, but being able to walk all over the street was nice while it lasted. Still, I suppose in order to fix the changed situation in the minds of pedestrians, for a while in late 2010 and early 2011 the city installed eye-catching strips along the curb warning against jaywalking. Not that they worked, of course - many times I saw people walk right over them in order to jaywalk.

They're gone now - but, really, the horn of a very heavy trolleybus is a far more effective discouragement to jaywalking than a painted strip along the sidewalk.

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