It feels somewhat similar to the pedestrian bridge between Richmond Hill Centre and Langstaff GO.I just can't believe how terrible the design is. The stairwell entrances on both sides are so uninviting and unintuitive to find, they are almost purposefully hidden from anyone approaching from the street. Why are are both entrances not outward facing? It feels like you are going through a temporary service entrance. It does not feel safe at all after dark, there are no sightlines into the entrances and stairwells from the street. I struggle to understand how something like this gets approved and built.
The elevators was never in service. There were safety and accessibility compliance issues that prevented the bridge from opening as reported by @huskywhale here. After that was clear, a deliberate decision to open the bridge without the elevators.Checked this out in person the other day for the first time. Agreed with the other comments here - it feels bare-bones and cheap, even incomplete (classic Toronto, really). The design of the stairs is horrible, and possibly even unsafe at night, as others have mentioned. The lack of runnels is face-palm inducing (I saw an unfortunate woman huffing and puffing while struggling to carry her bike up the 3 flights of stairs) and, as expected, the elevator is out of service months after opening. Still, I witnessed a steady stream of people crossing in the brief time I was there, so it is providing a useful link. Also, I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, actually) to see that the red brick portion is actually glazed. I don't recall any projects in recent decades utilizing glazed brick!
They should open the alternate elevator. Oh wait, they didn't put one in. Smart (not).