4 VotesFix it! Voted!Toronto General Hospital Toronto, Ontario
Since 1922 there has been a statue (bas relief) attached to the fence that surrounded Toronto General Hospital. The statue was at the SE corner of College and Unversity. Afte all the recent renovatios, the wall and the statue are no longer there. Where did the statue go?
5 Hoskin Avenue Toronto, Ontario
The city has recently revamped the pedestrian/bicycle crossing between Hoskin Ave and Queen's Park. That's the good news. The bad news is that the new bicycles-only traffic light is very confusing. Motorists sometimes take this light as applying to *them.* Some will also make a right turn onto Queen's Park Crescent at the same time cyclists are attempting to cross, a very dangerous situation. Having this new crossing is a good thing; but is there some way the directions for both cars and bikes could be improved?
6 VotesFix it! Voted!19 Faircroft Blvd. Toronto, ON
It has been a year now since I wrote Gary Crawford to warn him of the dangers of sewer grates all along Kingston Road that have been installed incorrectly, such that the grates line up in the direction of a bicycle's wheels. Last November I followed up with a call to 311, since nothing came of the email to Councillor Crawford. If anything, a year later, the situation seems worse. Could it be some sort of plot from the Ford government to literally do away with cyclists?! Between Faircroft Blvd. and where Kingston Road splits off to Danforth Ave. I estimate about 40 of 80 sewer grates are wrong heading westbound and about 15 of them are wrong going the other way back home. I'm actually amazed that some cyclist hasn't yet crashed head over heels and then been run over by the pushing-80-kmph traffic. All it would take is a brief distraction or, as happened to me last year, a grate becomes visible at the last second from under the vehicle in front (I somehow miraculously jumped my front tire over the grate and the rear must have found the strip of metal in between). My photo clearly shows how neatly a bicycle wheel fits into one of the grates, and my tires aren't particularly skinny. There are bicycle clubs that regularly use this stretch of Kingston Road. Most of their tires are probably thinner than mine.
Something needs to be done. And not just here, but all over the city, from what I can tell. Someone's going to get killed. I could think of one memo that could go out: "Remember, when reinstalling a sewer grate after cleaning, the tab lines up with the notch. Tab. Notch. Everyone got that?"
That these sewer grates are like this at all is bad enough. That it's been going on for so long verges on criminal negligence.
Bloor Viaduct Toronto, Ontario
Bloor Viaduct - North side, west end. After every storm large puddle forms in bike lane. Persists for a day or two. Dangerous for bikers who have to get on the sidewalk or enter main traffic.
7 VotesFix it! Voted!55 Charles Street East Toronto, ON
Every morning - as early as 530am - between 6 and 10 dump trucks park along Charles Street East, with no regard for how close they are to stop signs, making it unsafe for cars turning right on to Charles from Church, and especially dangerous for pedestrians. This morning, two different vehicles came within inches of me as I was crossing Church Street on the north side of Charles.
UPDATE: December 7, 2012 - The construction trucks this morning were so close to the NE corner of the intersection, vehicles speeding off Mt Pleasant on to Charles who then turn right on to Church are turning the corner blind, because they have to travel so far around the construction truck hugging the corner that those turning on to Church do not see pedestrians, cyclists or people just trying to safely walk their dogs.
The sidewalk parking has ended for the most part, so there is improvement in that regard.
I understand condo construction is important to the City and those people who build and buy them, but not so important as the safety of existing residents.
College And Lansdowne Toronto, Ontario
This complaint was sent to the TTC through their online form, but I thought posting it here might get better results. The complaint is regarding a surface delay and service issue that escalated to a customer service failure and inappropriate behaviour on the part of a TTC supervisor.
I live in the Roncesvalles area, and quite often drive north on Lansdowne passing Dundas and College. Very often, a northbound streetcar is stopped, blocking the left lane of Lansdowne at College, while the driver is not in the vehicle. There is a Tim Horton's at that corner. This is frustrating as a resident since this is not an appropriate place to park a vehicle and it happens so often.
Today, I saw a driver, in uniform, returning to his unmanned vehicle carrying coffee and a brown Tim Horton's bag. Next to him was another TTC employee wearing a supervisor hat. I had time to process this because there was a backlog of cars trying to circumvent the traffic this streetcar was creating and I was stuck at the back of this line.
As we neared the pair who had started talking, I opened my window and said that parking a street car in the middle of Lansdowne was not appropriate. I said it bluntly. He replied sarcastically that I'm lucky that I have a steering wheel to get around the vehicle. His sarcasm and dismissive tone was inflammatory and enraging. I parked my car, walked over to where he and the other (now two) TTC employees were standing and I took a picture of him and the offending car behind him. I asked for his badge number, to which he responded and said that I had threatened him, asking his two co-workers to corroborate his claim. He then said that he was going to note my license plate because of my threat against him. I called 311 at 5:35pm and was transferred to customer service. I started to lodge a complaint, but the operator dropped the call, so it wasn't processed. Upon asking for his badge number again he refused stating that he had already given it to me.
The use of Tim Hortons as a rest stop is inappropriate. The parking of TTC vehicles in a spot that is not designated as such disrupts traffic and is unsafe. The handling of this event by a supervisor, escalating it from a service issue to a personal confrontation, is inappropriate and unacceptable.
Lawrence Avenue East Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence Avenue East towards Kennedy Rd. a major bump appearing across the Lawrence avenue East towards the end of bridge!