The City of Toronto is reminding all road users – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – to be more aware of each other, especially as we enter a season when daylight hours are greatly reduced.
To help remind the public to slow down and to be aware, the City of Toronto has produced two new Please Slow Down lawn signs that remind road users to drive carefully as they travel in local neighbourhoods with older adults (orange sign) and school children (blue sign). The new signs include graphics of older adults walking and two children playing. The public can help spread this safety message by picking up signs at my community office (1240 Bloor St W, corner of Margueretta St) and displaying them in their neighbourhoods.
More details about this safety initiative are available at http://bit.ly/2gviJWx.
This initiative is part of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, approved by Toronto City Council in 2016, which contains a series of measures and strategies aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries on Toronto streets as well as improving safety for all road users. Among the key issues addressed in the plan are safety for seniors and school children, pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as aggressive and distracted driving.
Since Vision Zero began, Transportation Services staff have accelerated safety changes including:
- installation of 837 speed-limit signs along 39 corridors where speed limits have been reduced by 10 kilometres per hour
- installation of zebra markings in School Safety Zones, Senior Safety Zones and pedestrian safety corridors to enhance pedestrian safety
- activation of 104 accessible pedestrian signals to assist people with disabilities to cross at signalized intersections
- equipping 95 signalized intersections with longer pedestrian crossing times to allow more time for pedestrians to safely cross the street
- physical changes at 28 intersections, including curb radius reductions and intersection re-alignments, to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and help reduce aggressive driving, and
- red light cameras at 65 new locations, with plans to add 10 more by the end of 2017.
The City's Vision Zero website includes a mapping tool that shows existing safety measures and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making streets safer: http://www.toronto.ca/VisionZeroTO.