The temporary LeBreton transit station requires many transferring people and station walk-ins to cross one or more intersections. Some of the crossings, or repeated crossings, are because the city was too cheap to provide
sidewalks even paved shoulders on both sides of the road. This called transferring the risk of collision or injury away from people who drive onto people who walk. It’s pretty much standard for Ottawa.
It is necessary to beg for a WALK light at each crossing, by pushing a button and waiting for the next light signal sequence to commence.
So, look at the picture above.
Where is the Beg Button?
Go ahead, double click. Enlarge the picture. Squint. Find your magnifying glass. Shouldn’t there be TWO Beg Buttons here, one for each crossing direction?
I even tried connecting the two wires together, to spark a crossing signal, but alas, that didn’t work. Touching wires always makes me nervous anyway. Waiting for a bus to come along the transitway to activate the traffic signal isn’t any help either. Because if it is your bus that comes, you won’t have time to cross the street and run the half block to the bus platform.
And buses don’t activate the WALK signal anyway. That’s because the intersection is so finely timed it lets 3, and only 3 buses, through at a time, then turns red. And that time for the buses is too short for the average pedestrian, let alone the overworked fatigued end-of-day transit
victim user, to cross the street before the light turns red. Such fine timing is wonderful for comedians and for traffic engineers who wouldn’t want to delay commuting motorists for even a second.
Speaking of second, this intersection, like most others in the city, treats people who use transit and people who walk as inferior beings to be kept back, lest they bite, while important people in their cars go by with minimal interruption.
What if it snows? This photo from last year shows that the piled up snowbanks, scooped from the motorists’ way right down to black asphalt, made an impossible-to-access-the-push-button situation. I’d use this year’s pictures but there was too much snow on unplowed walks to go out and get them.
Beg, pedestrian, beg ! If you can.
Speaking of comedians, I wonder if the RTG crews are rushing out right now to fix that button. Because as of Sunday, the transitway and the LeBreton Station moves up to Albert Street. If they’re slow to fix the button, it won’t be necessary at all. Or they can fix it at their convenience once all the peds are gone away.
Oh, oh. Nasty thought. Totally unworthy …
Totally totally unworthy … but how did that Beg Button disappear? It’s not like it wore out, disolved in the salt, or could have been knocked off by a sidewalk plowette.
RTG has been busy installing new stuff for the shifting of the transitway onto Albert Street. Surely their crews didn’t cannibalize this Beg Button(s) to install somewhere else??? Nahh. They wouldn’t leave people without any means to cross the street at a busy transit station for two or more weeks … nahhh.