Back in December I railed against the sorry state of sidewalk protection at construction sites: Pedestrian safety sheds: treat people like sh*t and they won’t come! It is well worth re-reading.https://www.westsideaction.ca/pedestrian-safety-sheds/
On a recent visit to the Centre of the Universe (TM„) I was delighted to come across the NYC-designed scaffolding in use closer to home. There is now officially hope that in Jim Watson’s eighth term of office, we might see something similar, but just on a demonstration basis, of course.
First, notice the solid concrete barrier between the pedestrians and the traffic, the construction vehicles, and the slush and spray of the road. Then notice the clear plastic ceiling, letting in lots of light (let’s hope that is very strong plastic…). And notice on the following pictures that the top foot or so of the outside wall is also clear plastic, offering rain and dust protection.
Notice the arched tops of the scaffolding, clean and elegant, making this temporary tunnel interesting and inviting to walk along.
On the construction site side of the shed, the walls are covered with glossy full colour posters advertising the merits of the builder/contrtactor, the building sponsor/tenent (in this case, Ryerson U school of image arts), and some illustrations of what the hole will eventually grow into, thus inspiring hope in the pedestrian that disruption is for a higher purpose and eventual good.
At night, some of the solid roofing elements have been fitted with LED or rope lighting, giving this a fun atmosphere, almost enchanting.
Now, go back and look at the picture of the standard Ottawa drooling-with-contempt-for-pedestrians misuse of standard construction scaffolding that passes for “pedestrian protection” .
If we are having to wait another 8 to 10 years before we see some of the glorious improvements to the downtown proposed in the Downtown Moves strategy document, at least we could get some decent pedestrian sheds in place during the construction period,
The last time I wrote on this subject and our sad sheds is: https://www.westsideaction.ca/pedestrian-safety-sheds/