Good article in today's Herald explaining how the City of Calgary has now prohibited pedestrians from a previously legal crossing at Memorial Drive near the Peace Bridge (intersection of Memorial and 8th St):
Under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, all intersections (even t-intersections like this) indicate crossing sites where pedestrians have the right of way over motor vehicles. But apparently backlash from drivers has prompted the City to erect barriers and install signs to make the intersection out of bounds to pedestrians, forcing them to find the next marked intersection to cross.
While I can see both sides of this story that puts pedestrians in conflict with auto traffic (and that the pedestrian inconvenience isn't particularly huge), I think it is telling that the City decided to erect barriers and pedestrian 'traffic' signs to make crossing illegal rather than expect motorists to obey the law. According to tweets by Jason Markusoff at the Herald, the Calgary Police Service had even been telling Calgarians that it was unlawful to cross Memorial at intersections lacking painted crosswalks! (Not according to the Traffic Safety Act guys!!) So maybe that's what prompted the barricades and signs to force it to be illegal? What a mess.
The City has also said it will fine jaywalkers who disobey the new signs, although there are no reports that any tickets were ever handed out to motorists who failed to yield to pedestrians legally crossing at the intersection. It's another example of prioritizing the speed and convenience of motorists above all else, even the privileges and safety of others. Sad.