I do not share the view that older pedestrians may be too confused to deal with two-way traffic.
They have had a lot more experience coping with it than the younger generation and moreover seldom text when they cross the road so they have the advantage of actually looking where they are going.
The point, to my mind, is that Sidney traffic over the last 10 years has increased significantly. There is already a long line of vehicles waiting in two lanes for the lights to change at Fifth.
Restrict traffic to one lane and the line will begin to clutter the Resthaven intersection; longer still if someone wants to turn left. Even right would pose a problem as pedestrians use that intersection too.
What we have works well. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.