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This seems to be the area of the van attack, where 10 were killed on Monday and more injured. Just a few strategically placed bollards would probably have stopped the attack, if it was this corner. More are required on other stretches. Yonge street is a very major artery crossing greater Toronto from North to South. People living there argue that it’s the longest street in the world. There are Metro-subway stations in the area. There is no sane reason that they couldn’t do something for pedestrian protection, such as strong bollards and/or objects which have the same effect. Bollards and hitching posts have been known to cause bruises to the unattentive, but it’s better than getting mowed down by a van, or living in fear of being mowed down. Pedestrian security is needed for vehicles sliding on ice, drunk drivers, etc, as well. Toronto’s got no architects or urban designers or city planners? Or is it simply that people’s lives no longer have value because there are too many people? Designing safe sidewalks-pedestrian areas would be an fun and easy project for students!
What is a bollard?
“A bollard is a short vertical post. Originally it meant a post used on a ship or a quay, principally for mooring. The word now also describes a variety of structures to control or direct road traffic, such as posts arranged in a line to obstruct the passage of motor vehicles.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollard
1742 painting of the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome by Canaletto showing bollards in the background.
“Van Strikes Pedestrians on Toronto Street, Driver in Custody
Van Strikes Pedestrians on Toronto Street, Driver in Custody
Last Updated: April 23, 2018 3:45 PM, VOA News Canadian police have a driver in custody after a white van jumped the curb and plowed into pedestrians in northern Toronto.
Police say as many as 10 people were struck with one witness telling the CBC he saw four covered bodies on the ground.
Police have so far given no information on the driver or a motive, including whether it was an accident or intentional.
But several witnesses say it clearly appeared to be intentional, saying the driver was speeding down the sidewalk, mowing down people one by one for more than a kilometer before the van stopped.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his heart goes out to those affected and said he will have more to say in the coming hours.” https://www.voanews.com/a/reports-van-hits-pedestrians-toronto/4361214.html
From VOA: “Driver Plows Van into Pedestrians in Toronto, 10 Dead
Last Updated: April 24, 2018 1:34 AM VOA News Canadian police have arrested a 25-year-old suspect they say drove a van onto a crowded sidewalk Monday in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters the incident “definitely looked deliberate.”
Saunders identified the suspect as Alek Minassian and said he was from a Toronto suburb.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he consulted with senior security officials and that based on all available information “there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident.”
The driver was going down a busy street around 1:30 p.m. local time in Canada’s biggest city when the van jumped onto the sidewalk. Witnesses describing the scene said the van struck person after person with the driver seeming to make no effort to stop.
Minassian was taken into custody a short time later “without incident,” according to police.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident a “tragic and senseless attack” and sent his condolences to the victims and their loved ones.
“We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities,” he said in a statement.
A White House statement said the United States “stands with the Canadian people” and pledges to give Canada any support it needs.” https://www.voanews.com/a/reports-van-hits-pedestrians-toronto/4361214.html
“London terror attack: Security barriers installed on three bridges in capital Concrete and metal fences put in place overnight on Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges“, by Katie Forster, Monday 5 June 2017 11:46 BST https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-terror-attack-security-barriers-installed-three-bridges-waterloo-lambeth-westminster-a7773476.html
“London Bridge security barriers ruled out 24 hours before terrorists struck ‘No current plans’ to install security measures at scene of terror attack, according to officials” , by Greg Wilford , Sunday 4 June 2017 16:06 BST, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-bridge-terror-attack-security-barriers-bollards-ruled-out-24-hours-earlier-latest-a7772386.html
Here is a photo of one very strategically placed bollard which makes all the difference: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:16-01-11-Wien-Schwarzweißfilm-01.jpg
After security barriers were installed, mopeds or motorcycles ran over people on a London (England) Bridge. For bridges, pedestrian gates may be needed. However, for pedestrian streets some use of bollards or planters with the idea of mazes in mind could be a fix. Not the installation of a maze, but enough of a maze-like design to keep a motorcycle from driving through. Perhaps as simple as bollards placed in a triangle shape. Or bollards followed by a small-roundabout? As a last resort, gates may be required on sidewalks. Perhaps with steel arcades?
Toronto is an example of the problem of unrestrained, hyper, urbanization, and unrestrained, hyper, immigration. In short, unrestrained growth. The suspect, Alek Minassian, lives in Richmond Hill. Note the outrageous growth rate, below. A city and a country which cannot take care of the people already there should not be bringing in more. These attacks reflect failures in social care-giving, whatever the “motive”. If the person was mentally ill, where was their help and support? It is impossible to properly absorb and integrate such a huge number of people. Even if Minassian is a Russian sleeper agent, rather than mentally ill, suffering from anomie and/or alienation, it is still a failure of society, simply a more complex one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie
He apparently lived in Richmond Hill, just north of the attack. Notice the outrageous growth rates!
The name Minassian is apparently Armenian. Today is the anniversary of the Armenian genocide.