Below we're measuring just how wide we can make the cut, by measuring existing posts nearby that - to us cyclists - 'feel' comfortable riding between.
|Felstead Ave Cut-Through Site Visit - 2014-02-28 9:00AM - with R. Joshi (camera), J. White, D. Egan, Councillor Fletcher, P. Young, M. Holloway.|
The first factor was making sure the cut was wide enough for the width of a Bike Trailer - hopefully this cut-through can be Much wider than that.
I explained - wider means we care, *that wide* about cycling as a legitimate form of transportation.
"How much do we care?" chimed in Paul Young, "1.7m" - was his own answer. :)
|Huntley St & Earl Place|
With the Traffic Island fairly buried in snow - it was hard for Staff to tell, but it looks like it's a poured curb with paving blocks just laid in on top of the black-top. If this is so, the plan would be to cut the curbs and create two islands; with a nice wide path right down the middle. A similar (but not wide enough) cut-through was accompluished at Huntley St and Earl Place last year (see image - right).
We noted several things that needed to be fixed up on the structure - so our cut-through may also make the amenity better at the same time - bring it back up to it's original state at any rate.
A neighbour we talked to told us that all kind of kids and cyclists use this street - she talked about how everyone just hopped the curb and rode on the sidewalk.
|Cut-through site visit - 9am, Friday Feburary 28, 2014 - looking North across a snowed-in Felstead Ave Traffic Island|
A cyclist came though during our time there, doing the curb-hop thing - I mentioned as he passed me that we we were trying to get a path-through created. He immediately said "Great!" - as he hopped down off the sidewalk and onto the street again, heading towards the Greenwood Bike Lanes.
More of us ride the winter than most people think.
|Looking East at the snowed-in Felstead Ave Traffic Island 2014-02-28|
Top image via Councillor Paula Fletcher Tweet: https://twitter.com/PaulaFletcher30/status/439436962479357952