Scramble Crossing

Scramble Crossing at Yonge and Bloor

Toronto will get its second scramble crossing this Friday -- this one at the busy intersection at Yonge and Bloor. This follows in the footsteps of the well received experiment at Yonge and Dundas where the city's first scramble crossing was implemented just over one year ago.

Unlike Dundas West, neither Yonge nor Bloor Streets have streetcars to slow down traffic which means there's likely to be a smoother transition for cars than the Yonge and Dundas crossing. At that intersection, streetcars had been known to hold up traffic behind them for several minutes as they open their doors to let on more passengers.

Still, it may pose some confusion for motorists until they get used to the new dynamics of the intersection. Let's hope they make the audible cues to cross ("Walk sign is on for all crossing") more comprehensible.

Toronto also has plans to implement this type of pedestrian crossing at the Bay and Bloor intersection.

Is being able to cross at Yonge and Bloor in a quicker, more efficient manner something to look forward to? Or will this make things worse for one of Toronto's busiest intersections?

Photo by Roger Cullman

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