ttc riders need ‘lookout person’ at new bus shelter: the fixer

by:YEROO     2019-10-28
When bus shelters are more of an advertising platform than shelters for people waiting for buses, priorities need to be adjusted.
Karen Newton said by email that she was thrilled when there was a new sanctuary on the west side of Berkeley Street.
Right in front of St.
, Made her feel comfortable while waiting for the bus on the TTC 121A route.
\"This joy lasted for about a day, and when I saw that they had finished the shelter, the small bench tilted back, two billboards blocked 2 out of 3,\" she said . \".
\"I \'ve been looking forward to sitting while waiting for the 121 bus, which is not a frequent service route.
\"But unless you have eyes on the back of your head, or carry a watchman with you, or invest in special glasses that let you see behind you, you can\'t sit down.
\"If you have a lookout, they have to position themselves carefully so that their view is not blocked by two billboards.
\"The Shelter needs to be turned over so that people sitting there can see the bus coming.
From the bus into the view to the point where it reaches the station, you have about 10 seconds.
We went there and found a three.
Most of the main walls are covered by two panels with advertisements on the outside, extending from the roof to the sidewalk, with the aim of maximizing exposure to past traffic.
There is a raised ridge behind the bench that requires passengers to back the glass between the advertisements and it is difficult to see the bus moving south from the front to Berkeley at a distance of about 50 metres.
The oncoming bus can be seen from the narrow side panel, but there is a bus coming every 15 minutes or so, anyone sitting on a bench may feel stiff in his neck by raising his head to watch the game.
It\'s hard not to conclude that this style of refuge is basically a billboard with a roof, two narrow side panels and a bench that would be better if it was turned around.
Status: Ryan Lanyon, who is in charge of city street furniture, sent us an email saying: \"Ensuring the safety and visibility of transit passengers is critical to us.
We are looking at options to improve this situation while still providing shelter for TTC passengers waiting for the bus. I\'ll follow-
Once we have identified the best way to proceed, stay with you.
\"Well, but if the safety and visibility of the rider is the most important thing, this sanctuary should not rise in the first place.
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