Hey! What happened to the roads?

Dundas East used to end in a Y intersection at Kingston Road. Cars had two ways to make a turn onto Kingston. Now, one arm of the Y has been landscaped for pedestrians and the roadway removed.

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The same thing was done where Fairford meets Coxwell (below). I like the results, Danica has mixed feelings. She agrees that the intersections look nicer, but misses the traffic flow.

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Physical controls seem to be winning over enforcement, as attempts are made to manage driver behaviour. Speed bumps are springing up like mushrooms.

Shortages of on-street parking space results in parking too close to corners, so intersection curbs are being reshaped to prevent that.

Replacing Y intersections with sidewalks and greenery also makes former shortcuts less effective. The aim is slower-moving automotive traffic … not a goal many drivers will agree with.