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Pedestrian Traffic

Why are the buildings so close to Erin Mills Parkway?

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Consider a Pedestrian at Arrow "A" walking past the building towards the west at the south pedestrian crossing of Erin Mills Parkway at Folkway. At what point will the driver of a car or large truck northbound at Arrow "C" react to the pedestrian at "A", particularly if "C" is driving at the high rates of speeds that are normal on Erin Mills Parkway? If proximity of public transit is an important reason for locating this Development at Erin Mills Parkway and Folkway:

 

  1. Why is there no pedestrian traffic report in the documents filed by the Developer with the City? 

  2. Why are the buildings so close to Erin Mills Parkway?

  3. Why is there no berm or green space to separate pedestrians from traffic on Erin Mills northbound?

 

If a Bicyclist at Arrow "B" is crossing eastbound at the intersection and vehicle "C" runs an amber or red light will vehicle "C" be able to avoid a collision?

If a child who resides in these condos is running at Arrow "A" to catch a school bus southbound on Erin Mills Parkway, how will they be protected from Vehicle "C" making a right turn onto Folkway.

Many of these issues are already problematic at this busy intersection, but the new Development, with buildings close to Erin Mills Parkway, and housing 2000 people, can only aggravate the potential for tragedy.

Where is the northbound bus stop in the above image? The image above has been taken from the Developer's Planning Justification Report – November 2022

at p. 62 of 81 Figure 4B and has been modified by me to add the arrows. How will persons waiting at the northbound bus stop be protected from northbound vehicles that lose control during a panic stop or in winter conditions?

The two images below looking south are taken from the sidewalk on the southeast corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Folkway and the pedestrian island on the southeast corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Folkway respectively. Notice the curves and the hill sloping down towards Sawmill Creek and Burnhamthorpe. Notice the position of the existing bus stop with the green sign.

Where will the Developer and City locate the new bus stop?

How will persons at the new bus stop be protected from traffic?

Why not design a green space close to or south of the intersection that provides a safe waiting area for transit riders?

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On a completely different issue, note the height in these images of "Sunrise at Mississauga" relative to the surriunding buildings.

Pedestrians, including children will be crossing Erin Mills Parkway to access or return from southbound public transit

Who will pay for the infrastructure to provide similar protections for transit riders travelling southbound who work, go to school, or catch GO Trains at Clarkson? Who will pay for the infrastructure to protect transit riders, who reside in the new buildings, returning home after travelling southbound on Erin Mills Parkway and coming from the Transitway?

The Developer needs to re-design his plans to deal with pedestrian safety. There is no reason why these plans for pedestrian safety can't be consistent with having green space continuously along Erin Mills Parkway between 403 and Burnhamthorpe. Consider the image below from the book Erin Mills New Town at p. 3.3. Note that Erin Mills Parkway was designed to be lined with mature trees.

The following image is an excerpt from p. 2.8 of Erin Mills New Town. Why can't the Developer and the City connect pedestrian safety at Erin Mills Parkway with "attention to its landscape" that is "sometimes screening, sometimes revealing the structure of the town". Why not build a berm adding mature trees and improve/plant new  trees on both sides of Erin Mills Parkway?

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