Let’s curb fix­ing what isn’t bro­ken

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Ex­tended curbs come with risks” (Let­ters, Oct. 10)

The let­ter-writer out­lines the down­sides of curb ex­ten­sions, which, like their first cousins, the ever-en­dear­ing speed bumps, are mul­ti­ply­ing like rab­bits in N.D.G.

How­ever, he omit­ted to men­tion that curb ex­ten­sions push cy­clists (and skate­board­ers) into the paths of cars as they travel.

It is one thing to see a cy­clist ahead, pulling into the sin­gle lane at a curb ex­ten­sion; it is an­other to have a cy­clist, com­ing from be­hind and at a pace faster than the pre­vail­ing car traf­fic, pull into the lane only feet in front your car, as re­cently hap­pened, twice, on Mon­k­land Ave.

Given the cy­clists’ speed and obliv­i­ous­ness to the po­ten­tial may­hem they were caus­ing, it was ap­par­ent they were bank­ing on their ex­alted sta­tus and divine in­ter­ven­tion to pro­tect them. But that won’t al­ways work.

It seems we are see­ing just an­other quick fix, the pre­ferred method of ac­tion in pol­i­tics to an imag­ined prob­lem or to suit the wants of spe­cial in­ter­est groups that look through blin­ders at is­sues and do not see the real and un­in­tended con­se­quences of their ac­tions.

Given my ex­pe­ri­ences and echo­ing Nor­man Sabin’s com­ments, I’m con­vinced curb ex­ten­sions do more harm than good.

Mark Lip­son, N.D.G.


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