22 Jun SAFE STREETS FOR ALL
In 2018, we are averaging one death per week on Toronto streets. Between June 13, 2016, the day our city announced the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities, and June 13, 2018, 93 people were killed as they were walking or cycling on our roads.
The good news is, we can reverse that trend, improve mobility, make our city more equitable, and improve the health and happiness of our population, all by taking evidence-based action to create streets that are safe, accessible and welcoming. We have nothing to lose, and everything to gain from such a transformation.
That’s why, if elected, I commit to the following:
1. Taking measures to ensure vehicles in our residential streets and arterial roads move at a speed that does not endanger the lives of our residents. Such measures include:
- Implementing speeds of 30 km/h on residential streets and 40 km/h on arterial and collector roads
- Speeding up the traffic calming process in Toronto, and involving communities directly in the design and types of traffic calming measures chosen
- Ensuring all elementary school zones have traffic calming measures in place by 2022
2. Improving the safety and accessibility of a city-wide walking network by:
- Including sidewalks, or safe walking paths, on streets as they come up for reconstruction
- Ensuring sidewalks have a minimum 2.1 metre pedestrian clearway on all arterial and collector roads, so that those with mobility challenges, parents with strollers, or anyone who needs a little extra space, can navigate safely and easily down city streets.
3. Building a minimum grid of safe, protected and connected infrastructure for all those on two wheels by:
- creating a cycle network along major corridors, from Scarborough to Etobicoke, and North York to the lake
- creating safe, connected routes within neighbourhoods, which would allow people to walk or cycle to support their local businesses.
- ensuring that the already approved Cycling Network Plan would be completed within the next four years.
4. Making it safe to cross the street again, through:
- Using technology like traffic safety cameras whenever possible at known problem intersections
- Banning right turns on red
- Placing mid-block crossings in areas of high foot traffic and at all bus and streetcar stops
5. Supporting and funding a monthly Open Streets Toronto program. This would mean:
- Opening a 6 km stretch of Yonge and Bloor Streets to all people on foot or two wheels on Sundays in each of May, June, July and August in 2019.
- In subsequent years, and in close consultation with neighbourhood and business associations, expanding this into a weekly Open Streets Toronto program in a larger geographical area beyond the core. To do so would provide economic benefits to local businesses, environmental benefits to our city, and health and wellness benefits to all residents, regardless of their income.