How unhealthy is it to eat in a curbside patio next to traffic? Most CaféTO diners can breathe easy

Though air pollution is a serious threat, most experts say dining in traffic likely isn’t dangerous — and in some cases inside might be worse.

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sitdownrando-r
sitdownrando-r
64 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I'm not worried about the air, I'm worried about our drivers that make a habit of running through storefronts or bus shelters. In Toronto, a dropped water bottle is as much of a concern as cancer.

The-Safety-Villain
The-Safety-Villain
38 · 6 days ago · Reddit

This is hilarious because there are no studies. So no studies have been done. So it’s ok to eat on patios because we haven’t looked into it and don’t worry about it.

Turkeywithadeskjob
Turkeywithadeskjob
28 · 6 days ago · Reddit

It's the noise factor for me. On a regular patio, the noise is only coming from one side. On one of these roadside patios, you are getting lots of noise from the cars and people walking on the sidewalk.

beef-supreme
beef-supreme
16 · 6 days ago · Reddit

The replies here are making me think we need a list of every backyard patio in the city instead - I much prefer those to ones on the road.

fakebasil
fakebasil
13 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I was at a roadside patio the other day and it was slightly windy and they had to keep coming around the patio to replace our water glasses because there was so much visible dirt - probably not something I wanna do again

That_Intention_7374
That_Intention_7374
11 · 6 days ago · Reddit

What about dirt being kicked up by vehicles; couldn’t the wind take the dirt into one’s food?

I would prefer take out and just go have a picnic at a park. That’s just me though.

idiotseverywhere101
idiotseverywhere101
9 · 6 days ago · Reddit

It’s amazing how Toronto continues to cater to the automobile. Despite pedestrians dying everyday; gas at dollars a litre; bicycles being mowed down daily etc.

passiveparrot
passiveparrot
9 · 6 days ago · Reddit

imagine worrying about pollution on the patio and you've been walking on the same sidewalk 2 feet away for years already

NorthYorkIsBestYork
NorthYorkIsBestYork
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

The noise is far worse. If I can hear loud cars 35 floors up, then its much worse at street level.

Baciandrio
Baciandrio
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Queen East in the Beach...during the day it's idling cars, bumper to bumper a few feet from your table. At night, it's a little bit of street racing or what we call 'look at me, I have a small penis' drive-bys. We had two multiple vehicle accidents within weeks of each other. Neither of them (to my knowledge) damaged any CafeTO spots.....however I certainly don't feel safe behind a wood pallet partitiion and a couple of flower filled window boxes, would you?