Just how many people use this bridge as a pedestrian walkway?
Frequent Bulldog contributor Ron Benn takes a rational look at the questions surrounding the Prince Of Wales bridge.
There are two issues at hand: how big is the problem; and will the proposed solution actually solve the problem?
Given the track record this city in applying solutions to problems that are either minor in nature (how many people actually use that over-budget disaster of a pedestrian/bike bridge that crosses the Airport Parkway between South Keys and the Hunt Club neighbourhood to the west?), or do not actually solve the problem (a short-line LRT that forces commuters from distant suburbs to make multiple transfers on their way to/from downtown).
I recommend that prudent councillors ask staff:
- how big is the problem (how many people access the bridge, how many injuries have been reported, how many lawsuits have been filed as a result);
- how the proposed $250K solution will prevent, as contrasted with merely slow down, trespassers from accessing the bridge.
If staff cannot give adequate answers (hint: the answer to the first set of questions is numeric), then defer the vote until staff can provide those answers. The answers to these questions should be made public, because it isn’t just Chief Charles Bordeleau who is suffering from a lack of confidence in his leadership.
Back to The Bulldog’s home page, click here.
To comment on this post, use the reply box at the bottom of this page.
To get the best in Canadian news and opinion, click here for Bulldog Canadian.