Why isn’t there a Kits Flow Way – an allocation of street space that both takes the pressure off the overcrowded mixed-use paths through Hadden and Kits Park, and provides a designated, separated space to accommodate the dramatically increased amount of bike traffic in these days of the pandemic? In other other words, a Kits equivalent of the Beach Flow Way. (More discussion here.)
The answer I heard from City Hall insiders is that there really isn’t a need to have a traffic-calmed reallocation on parts of the adjacent streets because, with the pandemic and the closure of the parking lots in Kits and Hadden, there isn’t much traffic anyway.
Well, guess what.
Let’s not criticize the Park Board for failing to make quick decisions or not responding to demand. (Rationale: cars are safer than transit, they’re needed by seniors and the disabled, and gas is cheap.)
Sooo … what is the likelihood that there will now be a designated flow way around and through parks like Kits and Jericho, or along Spanish Banks? That the Park Board and City will quickly mark out, separate and sign those routes? That they will, above all, ensure that it’s safe for people of all ages to cycle through the newly opened parking lots to the beaches?
Unfortunately, it’s pretty safe to assume that there won’t be a designated active-transportation alternative. (Even though, on the board of park commissioners, the majority is held by Green and COPE members.) They’ve had over half a decade to resolve the issue in Hadden and Kits, and essentially done nothing. Why would they start now?
Oh yeah, a pandemic.