Sometimes, it’s the little details that matter.
A few years ago, we applauded the city’s swiftness in launching an experiment with a pedestrian mall and one-way traffic loop downtown.
We also applauded their willingness to quickly iterate when the first run-through wasn’t a roaring success. If you’re going to fail, it’s best to fail fast — and fix it.
But sometimes, especially when things are done with speed, a few details may be left behind.
So we’ll point out one of those details here, in the hope that this oversight can be quickly corrected.
On Rosser Avenue at 10th Street, there is a loading zone in front of Scotia Towers. When 10th Street briefly went to one-way traffic, part of the loading zone was turned into a no-stopping zone —it became a left-hand turning lane.
Now, though, 10th Street is back to two-way traffic. But the Rosser no-stopping zone stays, despite having outlived its purpose.
We drive and walk along Rosser often, and we regularly see people stopped in that spot, using it as the loading zone that it was for years. Yesterday, we noted a city bylaw officer pointing out the sign to one of these inadvertent scofflaws (the driver wasn’t ticketed).
But it seems to us that the driver was in the right, and the no-stopping zone itself is wrong.
It’s out of date, and the signs should come down. That space should revert to the loading zone it was before.
Part of the city’s motivation with its downtown traffic experiment was to increase the number of parking spots there were.
Well, a loading zone helps for short-term parking. And a no-stopping zone hurts.
Sure, it’s a little thing. But it’s not nothing.