A City That Moves - Creating Safe and Effective Streets

Far too many lives have been lost in road collisions locally and across the city. These deaths are preventable. Toronto has a road safety plan called VisionZero; but it has been implemented too slowly. The city must make improvements faster and more strategically, particularly in school zones. Toronto must also move forward with its “complete streets” plan to ensure roads and public spaces are designed and built for the future – to create safe, accessible and vibrant streets for everyone, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. I support the recommendations put forward by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation to achieve safe and active streets for all and commit to investing in the infrastructure to achieve these goals.

As your Councillor, I will work to:

  • Develop a Ward 19-wide VisionZero infrastructure plan with targets and timelines to expedite implementation - including school safety zones for every elementary school, better road markings and signs, flashing speed signs, new student pick-up-and-drop off areas, traffic calming and other controls.

  • Change current policies and criteria to increase the number of crossing guards.

  • Partner with school boards to improve road safety and “walking school-bus” programs.

  • Lower speeds on arterial roads with high pedestrian use to reduce injuries and fatalities.

  • Expedite Toronto’s Congestion Management Plan, including new “adaptive response” technology that changes timing of traffic lights based on traffic volumes.

  • Develop a Ward 19 “complete streets” plan and funding strategies for roadway, public realm and lane improvements in areas expecting significant growth and development.

  • Work to make pedestrian crossings safer at TTC stops on busy commercial streets.

  • Continue to advocate for stronger traffic safety measures at the intersection of Queen St. and Woodbine Ave., in particular, better controls for north-bound and south-bound right turns. Along with residents, I submitted a petition in April 2018, calling for improvements at this intersection. I have not yet received a response from the city.

  • Conduct a more detailed study to identify changes that would improve the functioning and safety of the Woodbine bike lanes and stop traffic infiltration into adjacent neighbourhoods and school zones.

  • Expedite the corridor study for Danforth Ave., in cooperation with resident and business groups as recommended in the Danforth Planning Study report.

  • Review the E-bike by-law and stop the practice of riding electric bikes on sidewalks.

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