In 2014, 51 Torontonians were killed and many more were seriously injured in traffic crashes. As a city, we can and must do better, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, our most vulnerable road users.
Toronto has a number of policies and guidelines that address road safety but we’re missing an overarching framework that focuses squarely on the issue.
That’s why I brought a motion to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee this week requesting a comprehensive road safety plan.
We’re going to build on what’s worked in other jurisdictions and the plan will focus on international best practices from comparable jurisdictions, such as Vision Zero.
The plan will be fact driven and I asked for an enhanced analysis of city-wide traffic collision data. I also asked city staff to strike a Road Safety Advisory Group to engage key partners and stakeholders in the development of the plan, including the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Police Service, the Canadian Automobile Association, Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto.
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My motion goes to City Council for final approval in March and a draft plan is expected by the end of 2015.