On Thursday 20th of July 2017 I wrote to the Fleet Manager of Sysco at their office in Mississauga:-
Getting around downtown Toronto is tough. It is tough on pedestrians. It is tough on cyclists. It is tough on car drivers. And it is tough on delivery trucks, especially the fifty-three foot semi-trailer types.
I should know. I walk from the corner of Bay and Grenville to the corner of Gerrard East and Victoria each weekday morning, and do my best to be nice to semi-trailers driving in and out of the various service ramps along my path.
So I noted with interest this Sysco truck parked facing westwards on the north side of Gerrard east, opposite Ryerson University and, I think, making deliveries to the little St. James hotel.
I noted that the truck was parked a little ways across the cycle lane line, but had left enough room for cyclists considering that the truck was stationary and was unlikely to move while the ramp was lowered. My view was confirmed by a half a dozen cyclist who happily barreled past while I watched. No cyclist felt obliged to pedal past the left-hand side of the truck. I cannot fault the driver for the right-hand side, I can only praise him.
The truck driver has left ample space for westbound car drivers to pass on the left-hand side for as you can see, the left-turn lane is available at this point. Westbound drivers do not have to worry about sharing a lane with eastbound drivers who will be staring into the sun if these cloudy mornings ever cease!
So much for cyclists, car drivers and delivery trucks, especially the fifty-three foot semi-trailer types.
What about the pedestrians?
Well, Gerrard Street is a heavily-traveled route in the mornings. I suspect drivers jump off the expressway at Jarvis and travel north to Gerrard and then make a beeline for their jobs in the various hospitals near Gerrard West and University. Cyclists seem to be of the worker type (to the hospitals) or student types (to the University).
If the cyclists were not in their lane, they would be cycling on the sidewalks, a menace to pedestrians like me, since the energy of a cyclist is proportional to the square of their velocity. A pedestrian being hit by a cyclist is like being attacked by a mob of sixteen people.
Now you know why I am so happy with the Sysco Driver around 7:30 a.m. this Thursday, July 20, 2017.
The careful positioning of the vehicle made my walk home with the copy of The Toronto Star so much safer.
Please pass on my thanks to the driver. I am confident that you can identify him by the location, date and time, and the cab number shown above.
I am most sincere in recognizing delivery drivers who do not assume ownership of the cyclist lanes. The cyclist lanes are there to protect us humble pedestrians.
Toronto – a World-Class Garbage Dump
On 2017-07-27 I wrote again about the debris left lying around after construction jobs are ended.
Think about those Orange Cones.
Orange Cones are supposed to alert us to danger - pothole, a block, a problem.
But today in Toronto Orange Cones have become the problem.
Walk around downtown Toronto and I promise you that you’ll find that over 90% of the sets of Orange Cones are NOT around a hazard. They have been left there AFTER the hazard has been fixed.
Today, the sheer number of ineffective Orange Cones dulls our senses so that we see them as just-another-obstacle, and the drunken yobbos topple them over, roll them around, and try to use the flat bases as frisbees, so that the Orange Cones are strewn all over the streets and sidwalks.
In short, Orange Cones are now pretty well useless, except on the first day they are set out, before vehicle drivers side-swipe them into the gutter.