This week Lowertown community members invited Councillor Mathieu Fleury to join us on a winter walkability audit. Led by John Woodhouse, we gathered on William Street and noted issues with the construction barricades up for the LRT station and delivery trucks when parked in front of the Highlander which prohibited pedestrian access. It would be easy to move the patio to accommodate all.
We then went through the Market. Some of the great ice sculptures placed on the sidewalk could be better placed in a parking spot. On Clarence/Parent we noted one blocking the sidewalk coupled with a truck for work on the building that made it impassable. Some of the snow that was cleared was actually piled in the crosswalk on Clarence. We also noted some large A-frame signs on William and Clarence, blocking passage.
We then went on Guigues Street to King Edward Avenue and up York Street. Besides these issues, we noted sidewalk snow clearing seemed better than last year during our walk in January 2014.
What do you think about snow clearing for pedestrians this year?