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Road Safety

 Concerns About Road Safety

You can contact Councillor Fragedakis about your road safety concerns and she will be happy to work with you, your neighours and City transportation staff to improve the situation.  Please send an email to councillor_fragedakis@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4032

Vision Zero

 The City of Toronto will be introducing 45 new measures in 2017 as part of its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries on our roads.

Among the initiatives that the City is introducing immediately include:

  • creation of Seniors Safety Zones to be implemented at 12 high-priority locations, with increased pedestrian walk-times, enhanced signage and enhanced pavement markings
  • implementation of red light cameras at 76 new locations
  • accessible pedestrian signal installations at 20 additional locations
  • geometric safety engineering improvements at 13 locations
  • road safety audits at 14 high-risk collision locations
  • expansion of the school Watch Your Speed Program at 20 additional locations
  • speed reductions along 32 additional corridors
  • expansion of the mobile Watch Your Speed Program – including 12 additional pole-mounted speed display units in the city’s central core, and
  • implementation of increased pedestrian walk times at 50 additional signalized intersections.

More information about the specific measures being implemented and locations is available in a backgrounder that can be found on the City’s website.

The City has also created a website that provides information about the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. It includes a mapping tool showing safety measures in place and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making our streets safer.

Saddly, in 2016, there were 77 fatalities in Toronto, including 43 pedestrian deaths – up from 38 pedestrian fatalities in 2015.

The City’s Road Safety Plan, approved by Toronto City Council in 2016, contains a series of measures and strategies aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on Toronto streets as well as improving safety for all road users.

 

Complete Streets

You can get around our city in many different ways. Complete streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all people – whether they walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities, and stormwater management.

Though it is not always possible for some streets to accommodate all types of users, we can create a safer street network that benefits everyone by:

  • ensuring safe and accessible streets for people of all ages and abilities,
  • giving people a range of transportation choices,
  • creating healthy and livable neighbourhoods,
  • creating vibrant and attractive public spaces,
  • supporting economic prosperity, and
  • improving environmental sustainability.

Since 2013, Transportation Services and City Planning have been developing an approach to Toronto’s own Complete Streets Guidelines. It will be a handbook for street planning, design and management for the City of Toronto. The Guidelines will ensure that Toronto’s streets are designed and built to address the needs of all users and uses, including pedestrians of all ages and abilities, public transit, cyclists, and motorists, as well as place-making and green infrastructure.

The Complete Streets report was adopted by Toronto City Council on May 6th, 2014.

You can find out more online on the City website here and here.

Slow Down Signs

In the Fall of each year, Transportation Services has historically noted a significant increase in the number of pedestrian and cyclist collisions on our roads.

To help address this, Transportation Services undertakes an annual Fall Safety Awareness Campaign in order to bring this issue forward in the minds of our motorists.

This year’s campaign will feature a series of temporary “Please Slow Down” lawn signs that, with your help, can be made available to members of the public free of charge.

The temporary sign should:

  • Be placed on public property (between the curb or edge of roadway and the property line)
  • Have the wire frame inserted into the ground (no 2X4 stands or suspended from trees)
  • Not obstruct the sidewalk
  • Be located at least 0.6m (2′) away from the curb and 3m from a fire hydrantSlow Down Sign
  • Not be attached to any structure, post or pole.
  • Cause no obstruction to sight lines
  • Not obstruct the access to, or operation of, a culvert, bridge or overpass
  • Be used as supplied without modification or illumination (just the light from the street and no reflective tape)
  • Not be placed in a road median
  • Not be on an expressway or expressway ramp
  • Only be displayed between April 1st and November 30th

You can arrange to pick up a sign by contacting Councillor Fragedakis at councillor_fragedakis@toronto.ca or 416-392-4032.

Contact

100 Queen Street West,
Suite C45, Second Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-392-4032
Fax: 416-392-4123

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