Here’s another Friday File that is actually a serious design flaw. Thanks to accessibility advocate and blogger Gabrielle Peters  @mssinenomine  for alerting Price Tags of  CBC Vancouver reporter @MaryseZeidler’s twitter observation. Ms. Zeidler posted this on twitter, observing: “Spot the design flaw in this newly constructed crosswalk! Bonus points for estimating how long pedestrians were cut off while this beauty was built“.

So~who read the design wrong? Will the curb cut move to the crosswalk, or will the crosswalk move to the curbcut?

Stay tuned.



  1. The installation crews can be very literally-minded. If that’s where the lines are on the drawings, that’s where they’ll put them down. That approach usually gets them in the least amount of trouble. Do not interpret orders. Just shut up and follow them. Readers who were in the military will understand. Maybe even sympathize.

  2. I’ll give the designers the benefit of the doubt that the ramp will eventually line up with the crosswalk, as the City has designed crosswalks that way countless number of times.

    In the pics – note the new lamppost in the foreground to the east of the one with the pedestrian crossing push button.

    I expect that the crosswalk will be shifted to the east and the old pedestrian push button will be moved to the new lamppost (and the old lamppost removed).

    Once that occurs, then the ramp will magically be in the correct position.

  3. And one block west of the Yukon crossing, cyclists need to be very skilled to cross Marine. It is permitted to ride in the cross bike here (marked with elephant feet) but not in the pedestrian crosswalk. Perhaps teleport? This crossing leads to the bidirectional bike lane south to Kent, so there is two way bike traffic in this crossing.,-123.1171529,3a,75y,33.05h,84.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sc7BwAV1giUHUU3jAQKaIwg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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