Videos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is like a tome unto itself. At Sudbury Moves we make videos that are short, to the point and authentically reflect what it’s like to get around the City of Greater Sudbury.

If you have an idea for a video, get in touch and we can help make it happen.

Thirty-Two Short Films about Walking In Sudbury

This 20-minute documentary brings together many of the short videos I made over the course of several years of living and walking Sudbury as well as some new interview walks I took with ordinary Sudburians who like to get around without a car.

In the doc we look at what it’s like to get around in a motorized wheelchair, with a child, in the winter and for recreation.

If you’re unsatisfied with how the city accommodates, or fails to accommodate pedestrians, please share this video, organize screenings and bug your city councillors about it.

No One Rides Bikes in Sudbury and I Have the Photos to Prove It

On April 20, 2016 Matt Alexander made a short presentation at the Ontario Bike Summit about invisiblebikelanesofsudbury.tumblr.com, a photo blog that documents Sudburians not riding bikes.

Hi Viz Disregard

The Sudbury police announced today that they are now recording what pedestrians are wearing when they’re hit by drivers.

I happened to be wearing bright colours on my bike ride home today. This driver saw me, and blew through a stop sign anyway. If I’d gotten to this intersection three seconds earlier she might have run me down, despite my clothing.

Good to know.

 

What Can You Do In The Time It Takes To Cross The Road?

From the time you press the pedestrian signal button at Ste Anne and Notre Dame in Sudbury you have to wait 90 seconds for a walk signal, and will have a maximum of 40 seconds to start and finish crossing. Most people will finish crossing in 30 seconds.

What can you do in less time than it takes to get cross this road?

We created a game show to find out. Enjoy!

90 Seconds

At Ste Anne and Notre Dame in downtown Sudbury pedestrians have to wait 90 seconds to get a walk signal after pressing the button. And that’s only if they press the button.

In this video we take a look at intersection designs that make crossing against the signal seem like a better idea that waiting for permission to cross.

We also talk a little bit about Vision Zero. You can find out more about Vision Zero at http://visionzeronetwork.org/
On twitter, follow @VisionZeroCa

Music credits:
“Work Week” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

“Root” by Silent Partner

“Duet Musette” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100250
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

“Dancing on Green Grass” by the Green Orbs

Crossing Regent at the GSU

On Thursday, January 21 I got up at dark o’clock to record a timelapse video of traffic and pedestrians on Regent Street where it crosses Junction Creek, and where 36 employees of Greater Sudbury Utilities parked before going to work.

This video was recorded between 7:25 am and 9:00 am. I set my GoPro to record one photo every second, then assembled that into a video and sped it up by 400%.

Even at this speed you can see there are significant gaps in southbound traffic and for the most part only 1 southbound lane is necessary to accommodate traffic.

To improve conditions for pedestrians we could easily convert one of the southbound lanes into a two-way turning lane and add a pedestrian island on the Junction Creek bridge that would provide a safe place for people using the trans-Canada trail to cross.

Here’s an example of a pedestrian island that would fit into this spot very nicely: http://www.branchplant.com/landscape/pottery.html

Driver Makes Right-turn with No Regard for Pedestrian About to Cross (me)

Friday night. Rainy. Dark. I’m holding an umbrella above my head waiting for the light to change. I press the button for permission to cross and as I step into the intersection the driver of a silver SUV begins a right turn.

I hesitate. She hesitates. I step forward. She rolls forward.

By some accounts I’m lucky I looked, because I didn’t know there was a car rolling up from behind before I stepped forward. I might have been run over.

I like to think it was she who was lucky. If I hadn’t looked she might have killed someone tonight. She would have been really late for whatever she was driving to.

No Left On Red

Road safety campaigns tend to appeal to people’s better judgement with messages like, “watch for pedestrians and cyclists” and “don’t proceed unless it’s safe”.

This video demonstrates why we should stop being so clever and focus on the basics instead. Maybe a better slogan would be “Red means stop”.

Apologies for the perplexed vulgarity.

For the second time in two days I watched a driver who was stopped at a red light make the decision to proceed through the intersection while the light remained red.

I was waiting to use my advanced green to turn left from Elgin onto Elm in downtown Sudbury and had proceeded into the intersection when I realized the driver of the truck to my right wasn’t just creeping across the crosswalk (as drivers often do), but was actually about to make a left turn directly into me.

Apparently the lights on my bike, the reflective markings on my jacket and the red traffic light shining in the driver’s direction we not enough to prevent her from proceeding.

A Failure to Yield

Sudbury Police report that drivers’ failure to yield was the most common cause of collisions with pedestrians so far this year in Sudbury. What does failure to yield look like? I see it every day.

To explore the interactive pedestrian collision map shown at the end of this video, click here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zeiMMLO1puRI.k92HUJZcRZcU&usp=sharing

Music credits:
“Work Week” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“News Theme 1” by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Mysterious Crosswalk Episode 1: Regent and Telstar

It’s an unsolved mystery of Sudbury traffic lights… Why doesn’t the walk signal stay on the whole time the traffic light is green?

In this episode of Mysterious Crosswalks, we visit Regent and Telstar, where the walk signal only lasts 7 seconds, the flashing hand lasts for 13, and the don’t walk signal stays on for 51 seconds while the traffic light stays green.

Music Credits:
“Work Week” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

“Gnarled Situation” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100405
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Walking to the Steelworkers Hall

To get from downtown Sudbury to the United Steelworkers Hall requires a 680 metre walk through a claustrophobic pedestrian tunnel and down a sidewalk that ices over in the winter, before being forced to jay-walk across a four-lane road with a limit of 60km/h.

This video shows what that experience is like.

Please subscribe, share and start thinking about how we can unlock some of the hidden potential of Brady Street.

All music is from the imovie sound effects library.