This isn’t the skinniest sidewalk we’ve ever featured here, but it certainly is curious.
It’s on Clyde Avenue, beside the Canadian Tire store.
The sidewalk on each side of this “intersection” is regular 2m or so width. Nice enough, in its typically minimalist way.
The little island in the centre of the intersection also shortens the crossing legs and lets pedestrians assess danger from approaching vehicles in two stages. I approve.
This is the private entrance to a private property, yet there is no [depressed] curb along the street. It is a curious hybrid of driveway entrance and road intersection. Maybe even with a touch of freeway-ramp thinking given the gentle radius of the curve that permits high speed driving into the lot.
And that narrow … what is it? crosswalk? or sidewalk? Why so narrow? Is it just so the little triangle island could have a raised curb to protect the turn sign?
In the few minutes I stood pondering this design, two cars exited the lot. Neither took any notice of the suggested stop line for vehicles leaving the garage. One car ignored the ‘no left turn’ sign and entered the garage directly off Clyde, despite the geometry of the lanes specifically laid out to discourage that movement.
A few metres behind me, the “real” entrance to the Canadian Tire was marked with genuine traffic signals.