The picture is taken from the McKenzie-King Bridge, between the canal and Rideau Centre. The unique spiral staircase on the left is now closed, and will be removed. It is, apparently, not fully accessible.
It is being sort-of replaced by the straight staircase on the right, adjacent the new Convention Centre. It has an elevator hidden inside a nifty turned-over ice-cream cone metal shroud, so Everyone can go up or down.
But look closely at Colonel By Drive. Notice that peds arriving at the bottom of the staircase on the right appear to have a crosswalk. And on the left side, partially obscured by the old stairs, there is a connecting sidewalk. I watched as several sets of pedestrians approached the road and sort-of started right into crossing while simultaneously checking that cars were actually stopping. Only they weren’t. Stopping that is. The motorists were zooming along Colonel By like it was the Qway (outside of rush hours).
After a few minutes examining the scene, I realized the horizontal stripes across the road are not crosswalks, they are some sort of architectural landscaping treatment, or maybe warning lines to encourage traffic to slow down. They just look like a crosswalk, especially when connecting the canal-side paths with the staircase up to McKenzie-King.
A solution to this problem would be to pave the first “crosswalk” entirely in pavers, and mark it properly as a crosswalk.