On June 1, 2016 I hosted a joint community consultation with neighbouring City Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity- Spadina) to discuss a proposal to turn Dovercourt Road between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West into a one way road. This proposal came forward as a result of safety concerns on this narrow but busy section of Dovercourt and a petition to turn it into a one-way road.
At the meeting there were some concerns regarding turning Dovercourt into a one-way road, such as traffic spilling onto other neighbourhood streets and increased vehicle speeds as a result of wider lanes. Therefore, City staff will examine a variety of options including speed humps, bollards, textured paving surfaces and other measures to address the safety concerns on this street. We will report back to the community for your input and feedback once a new proposal is developed and I hope to provide an update on the next steps soon.
At a special meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council on June 22nd, my colleagues and I voted unanimously to reduce the speed limit from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on all local roads (residential streets). (View the staff report) I supported this initiative in light of the many Ward 18 residents who contacted me in support of this proposal, coupled with the evidence presented in this 2012 Toronto Public Health report on improving walking and cycling in Toronto.
Creating safer neighbourhoods and protecting our children is something that is extremely important to me. We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure our children and community members can enjoy the outdoors, walk to school and enjoy our neighbourhoods safely. All of the evidence has shown that lower speed limits help to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
The changes that will take place in our community are represented on the map of Ward 18, posted above:
- Speed limits will be reduced from 40km/h to 30km/h on the roads represented with a dashed black line (e.g. Rusholme Rd, Armstrong Ave and Franklin Ave).
- Roads represented by thick grey lines are arterials (e.g. Dufferin St, Lansdowne Ave, College St and Dupont St) and speed limits on these roads will not change.
- Roads represented by solid black lines already have a 30km/h speed limit (e.g. Lappin Ave, St. Clarens Ave, Beaconsfield Ave) and speed limits on these roads will not change.
- Remaining thin grey lines are either laneways or collectors and speed limits on these roads will not change.
The City of Toronto will need to invest the necessary $1.1 million to implement the changes and this would be paid for through the 2016 Budget process. The changes will begin to occur in September 2015 and I look forward to seeing full implementation over the next two years.
On Monday June 22 at 6pm, there will be a special meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council where Councillors will consider a motion to reduce the speed limit from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on local roads in Ward 18 and across the rest of the Toronto and East York District. The meeting will be taking place in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
In order to view the full staff report on this please click here. In it you will find a wealth of data, information and statistics related to the matter.
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