Pilot project to evaluate sidewalk surfaces
The City of Toronto is testing different sidewalk surfaces that will help blind and visually impaired pedestrians know when they are approaching an intersection.
The location for the pilot project is the intersection of Shuter Street and Victoria Street, near St. Michael's Hospital. Different materials are being used in different combinations at the four corners of this intersection. The pilot will help the city understand people's preferences, identify concerns with surfaces and compare installation and maintenance activities for each of the surfaces.
This evaluation will eventually be used to determine the policy, standards and specifications for use on city sidewalks. The construction of the pilot project was completed on November 8, 2012 and will be in place until July, 2013. All of the materials were installed to the manufacturer's specifications and a representative was on-site during the installation of the product.
The city chose this intersection for its evaluation of these treatments because it is a high traffic area and the intersection and sidewalks at this location are planned for reconstruction next year.
"A": Northwest Corner
Access Tiles supplied by Engineered Plastics Inc., placed in two separate bands in a rectangular configuration:
Two different colours featuring two different construction applications were used at this corner:
Brick Red intelligent design cast in-place replaceable tiles supplied by Engineered Plastics Inc. and manufactured by Access Tile.
Onyx Black intelligent design surface applied tiles supplied by Engineered Plastics Inc. and manufactured by Access Tile.
"B": Southwest Corner
Detectable 100 x 200 manganese ironspot warning pavers supplied by Thames Valley (Brick & Tile) and manufactured by Endicott, placed in a wrap around configuration:
"C": Southeast Corner
Unilock 300 x 300 charcoal ADA pavers manufactured and supplied by Unilock Ltd., placed in a wrap around configuration:
"D": Northeast Corner
Neenah Foundry cast iron detectable warning plates, curved and unpainted plates supplied by Crozier, placed in two separate bands:
Contact us and let us know what you think
We'd like to get your opinion. Please visit the sidewalks and provide your comments by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on the project comment line at 416-392-3760.
Let us know:
- Which sidewalk surface do you think is most effective in serving as a warning?
- Corner "A" is the northwest corner
- Corner "B" is the southwest corner
- Corner "C" is the southeast corner
- Corner "D" is the northeast corner
- What aspect of each product provides a safer walking environment for visually impaired pedestrians? (Was it the colour, the texture, the material, something else?)
- Are there any drawbacks from these surfaces? (Issues with walkers, crutches, strollers, etc.?)
- Any other comments?