There was some buzz about the intersection of Dundas St. W, and Sterling Rd this past week. This is of course the site of the death of Jenna Morrison a few years ago.
Since that time, the city has tried to address some of the bicycle and pedestrian related safety issues at this intersection.
NOW Magazine did a nice piece, and the tagline says it all: “Stopgaps are failing to address hazards at problem corner three years after cyclist’s death”
What I did not fully appreciate were the road markings that had also been added a while back. Here you see a bike box intended for bicyclists turning left from Southbound Sterling onto Dundas. At best, the marking is totally counterintuitive, since it seems to extend far enough across the road so as to place bikes in the westbound traffic lane on Dundas. WTF?
Also, the pushbutton to activate the light is nowhere within reach of a cyclist, and is only useful for pedestrians.
However, Landsdowne and Dundas is not a very bike friendly intersection either. Taking the lane for a left hand turn forces you through streetcar tracks. If you elect to cross in two stages, there isn’t much room on the southeast corner for bikes. I generally ride through, and then turn left on one of the next couple of streets.
All the more reason to push hard for the southward extension of the Railpath, including a pedestrian/bike bridge across to Sorauren. This way, everyone can safely navigate this high traffic intersection regardless of where you are headed.