Pedestrians need to watch out, but apparently not drivers: Fixer
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, unless the gander happens to be a driver.
And on Kenneth Ave., drivers are not cautioned to watch out for pedestrians, but people on the sidewalk are warned to yield to drivers, even though it’s supposed to be the other way around.
One of the bedrock rules of the road is that drivers must yield to pedestrians, even in cases where the driver has the right of way. If you don’t, you run the risk of mowing down the pedestrian, and who wants to wear that?
So there’s no harm in putting up signs to remind drivers of their obligation; some of the biggest nitwits are behind the wheel and need to be told the obvious.
But it’s much less common to find signs warning pedestrians to get out of the way of vehicles crossing over a sidewalk.
Denise Galszechy emailed us photos of signs next to a sidewalk on the west side of Kenneth, just north of Sheppard Ave., near Yonge St., that caution pedestrians about vehicular traffic.
“I found this strange signage asking pedestrians to look out for motorists on a sidewalk at the entrance and exit to a building in North York,” she said.
“There is no visible sign asking the motorists to yield to pedestrians walking on this sidewalk.”
We went there and spotted the signs on either side of the ramp leading in and out of a parking garage beneath an office tower at Sheppard and Kenneth.
They’re different than any signage typically put up by the city, and we figure they were likely installed by the building management, out of a legitimate concern for pedestrian safety.
But we could find no similar signs at the bottom or even top of the ramp that warn drivers to proceed slowly as they approach the sidewalk.
STATUS: Allen Pinkerton, who’s in charge of city road signage, confirmed that his department didn’t put up the signs. The building’s management has no obligation to do so, he said, adding that if they bother to alert pedestrians to the danger, they should do the same for drivers. He mentioned a building on nearby Doris Ave. where signs warn drivers to watch out for those on foot as the drivers approach the ramp on their way out.
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