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The sawed-off remnants of sign posts on both islands are hard to see and easy to trip over.

The sawed-off stub of old sign posts have been left on two traffic islands that run down the middle of Keele St. at the Steeles Ave. intersection.  (JACK LAKEY / TORONTO STAR)

The sawed-off stub of old sign posts have been left on two traffic islands that run down the middle of Keele St. at the Steeles Ave. intersection. (JACK LAKEY / TORONTO STAR)

Tripping hazards lurk where they’re least expected, like on traffic islands that connect with pedestrian crosswalks at a busy intersection.

There’s always something or other to trip over in the big city, which is why it’s much easier for the sharp-eyed and sure-footed to get around than people who don’t have it so good.

Many of the worst hazards are not apparent until it’s too late, which is why it is incumbent on the city to act quickly when they are reported and remove them before disaster strikes.

It’s impossible for the city to know about or act on problems unless someone reports them. And until somebody falls on their face, the problem is seldom evident.

That’s how the sawed-off stub of an old sign post on a traffic island in the middle of Keele St., on the south side of the intersection at Steeles Ave., came to the attention of a reader who told us about it.

The traffic island connects with the east-west crosswalk on the south side of the intersection, and people crossing the street often step onto it, particularly if the light turns to red when they’re only part way across the street, she said.

“I was about to cross the street when the light turned yellow and I saw an older woman who was about half way across step up on the island,” to wait until the light again turned green, she said.

“All of a sudden, I saw her stumble and she went down on her knees. She got back up again and looked like she was OK, but she was rubbing her knee, like it hurt.

“When I got to the traffic island I took a good look at it and saw this rusty piece of metal right in the concrete, which is what she tripped over.

“Ever since, I’ve been thinking somebody should go and get rid of that thing, before somebody else trips on it and falls into traffic.”

We went there and found the rusting remnant of a sign post near the crosswalk, and a similar object in the island on the north side, which also connects with a crosswalk.

When the signs attached to those posts were removed, someone forgot to take care of the rest of the job.

STATUS: We’ve asked Allen Pinkerton, who’s in charge of city traffic signage, if he can arrange to have the stubs snipped off ASAP.


Source: The Toronto Star