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Karen Newton emailed to say she was thrilled when a new shelter went up on the west side of Berkeley St., just south of Front St., allowing her some comfort while waiting for the bus on the TTC’s 121A route.
“But you cannot sit unless you have eyes in the back of your head or have a lookout person with you, or maybe invest in special glasses that let you see behind you.
We went there and found a three-sided shelter with most of the main wall covered by two panels with ads on the outer side, which run from roof to sidewalk and are positioned to maximize exposure to passing traffic.
A raised ridge on the back of the bench requires occupants to turn their backs to the glass in between the ads, making it hard to see buses turning south from Front onto Berkeley, a distance of about 50 metres.
It’s hard not to conclude that this style of shelter is basically a billboard with a roof, two narrow side slats and a bench that would be better if it was turned around.
STATUS: Ryan Lanyon, who’s in charge of city street furniture, sent us an email saying: “Ensuring the safety and visibility of transit riders is of utmost importance to us. We’re looking into options to improve the situation while still providing a shelter for TTC riders waiting for the bus. I’ll follow-up with you once we’ve determined the best way to proceed.” OK, but if the safety and visibility of riders is the highest priority, this shelter should never have gone up in the first place.