Info Pillars on City Sidewalks
New info pillars were approved by Council in the summer of 2011 and have been installed at many sites across the downtown area since that time. From these initial installations, it is clear that these pillars raise important concerns about the prioritization of active transportation in Toronto.
Beyond violating established Vibrant Streets Guidelines, the hindrance to movement of the pillars is amplified for those using mobility devices such as wheelchairs and those who are visually impaired. For images of some of the issues and impacts (taken by previous TCAT Steering Committee member Gord Brown) see here.
On January 4th, the motion will return to the Public Works and Infrastructure (PWIC) committee with Adam Vaughan and Janet Davis requesting additional controls on the information pillars, including mitigating the destruction of historic and local paving treatments. TCAT's deputation can be found here.