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.
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 hydrant
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-4032.