Getting out of gridlock: The scramble to save the scramble & other adventures in TO transportation
(From YongeStreetMedia.ca) How has the pedestrian scramble at Yonge and Dundas so managed to raise the passion and ire of Torontonians?
That's a question National Post columnist Chris Selley put to attendees at Feet & Wheels, Yonge Street's panel on transportation, held on Jan. 19 In a city where transportation issues have become so polarized, Selley figures it's symbolism more than facts that inflames supporters and critics of the scramble. Since 2008, the corner's traffic light cycle has included one stage requiring cars and bikes in all directions to stop while pedestrians cross any which way they want. Selley says the benefits to pedestrians are relatively small; the scramble is more about who owns the streets. Along with the Jarvis bike lanes, installed in 2010 and now scheduled to be removed at a cost of $272,000, the scramble has become an icon in Toronto's supposed transportation wars: the war on cars, the war on bikes, the war on pedestrians and, from a budgetary perspective, the war on the TTC.