All I really want for the neighbourhood now is for the City to begin executing the Streetscape Masterplan. I know the work on the Max BRT station is technically part of it, but I’d like to see other aspects of the Plan come together so 33/34 Aves start to feel like more of a cohesive main street. I don’t imagine my wish will come true any time soon in the current economy.
Marda Loop is desperate for improved street crossings, particularly across 34 AVE. On 34 Ave, there are no stop signs, traffic lights, or lighted crosswalks between 20 and 14 street. Making matters worse is that all the streets that meet 34 between 20 and 14 are offset (i.e. the south and north do not line up). That means that there are no clear intersections and no clear crossings. Instead you have a jumble of curb cuts, curb extensions, and painted crosswalks, but almost none of them actually fit together.
A painted crosswalk with two curb cuts, with a curb extension on one side that doesn't line up with the crosswalk.
A painted crosswalk with a curb cut on one side that leads to grass with no curb cut or sidewalk on the other side.
A curb extension with no curb cuts or crosswalks.
A curb extension+curb cut with no painted crosswalk and no curb cut on the other side. (Another example of this just got added in front of Infinity at 34 ave and 19 street).
An intersection with one curb cut at the NW corner, but nothing on the south side and no painted crosswalks.
An intersection with no north-south crossings, and only one west-facing curb cut at the SE corner.
Another intersection with no north-south crossings, though weirdly the NE curb cut is positioned on the diagonal to encourage people to cross south.
This final example characterizes all 8 intersections along 34 between 17 st south and 14 street (a distance of 600 meters). There is not a single painted crosswalk along this stretch. There are some diagonal curb cuts, but none of them line up with anything on the other side of 34 Ave. In fact, very often, the other side of the street is obstructed by parked cars.
Add to this the fact that drivers increasingly take 34 to avoid the increased traffic and construction along 33 Ave. And when they do, they're usually speeding, angry, and unwilling to yield to crossing pedestrians. It's only a matter of time before someone gets killed along here.
33 is also pretty bad, but at least it has more evenly distributed painted crosswalks and streets that actually line up.