In the past week, there have two cycling accidents and several reported near misses with both pedestrians and cyclists using the multi-use path system on Holly Acres Rd. to access either Bayshore Station or Richmond Rd. Please use caution when in the area! CBLCA is actively engaging with both the City LRT people and Councillor Kavanagh to get urgent remediation of the signage and crossings particularly from the northwest corner of the intersection.
As you will see in the accompanying photo, the pathway is completely blocked off on the west side path when approaching the intersection either from our community or from the Watts Creek Trail. There are also pavement cutouts that have been left exposed and a guy wire for the hydro pole, that obstructs both the pedestrian and cycling components of the crossing. The sign suggests you “use the other sidewalk” but with no direction as to which sidewalk. The sign itself also blocks the pathway.
The correct action for both pedestrians and cyclists is to CAREFULLY negotiate around both the cutouts, the wire and the sign if it is still in that position when you approach the intersection. Following this, you need to remain on the north side of the transitway and cross Holly Acres Rd. to its east side and then proceed with appropriate traffic signals either to Bayshore Station or to Richmond Rd. Cyclists also have the option of remaining on the Holly Acres road itself. The road is rough in several places and access routes are frequently changing. Please proceed with caution.
If either pedestrians or cyclists are wanting to access the multi-use path on the east side of the 416/417 off-ramp at Holly Acres (the one that leads to Queensway Carleton Hospital and Cedarview Road), you must do so only after that off-ramp intersection. There, you will also note the construction fencing and heavy equipment on the east side of the intersection. East of the fencing there, you do have access on both the pathway to Richmond Rd and to the path southbound above the Shouldice farm field. We are also seeking more details about this latter construction as we have several concerns here. If you see a problem when traversing the area please take a photo and send it to email@example.com and generalCBLCA@gmail.com with an appropriate description and location.