Mayor Don Iveson has heard plenty of complaints about road construction signs that make life difficult walking on the side walk. Especially down town. It’s where the city is trying to warn drivers about a lane closure ahead.
“It seems me we’re not treating all users of the transportation system equitably here,” Iveson told reporters.
Iveson’s social media feed has been flooded with complaints. It’s got him thinking the driver is more important to the transportation department than the pedestrian.
“A lot of the signs that we seem to be using now have these collapsible bases,” he said. “They’re lighter weight signs that sometimes still blow over even though they have these huge bases. So maybe we need a different form of signage if it’s going to go on a narrow boulevard between a sidewalk and a road, or if there’s no boulevard you need something different.”
“The very signage which is there for the benefit of the driver should not encroach on the pedestrian. That’s why the question is about what value as an administration applies to this. Are we treating all users of the transportation system equitably or as many pedestrians complain are they still second class citizens of the transportation department.”
He’s asked for a report to explain the thinking of the transportation department behind these portable signs.
It should be back before Council’s Community and Public Services Committee early in the new year and will answer if there are new designs available that won’t cover as much of the sidewalk.