2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan.
Since 2015, as Chair of Public Works & Infrastructure, I’ve championed the creation of a comprehensive strategy to improve safety on our roads. Last summer, City Council unanimously adopted Toronto’s Road Safety Plan and since then, we’ve been implementing safety improvements on streets and at intersections across the entire city.
In the coming months, we’re focusing on improving safety for seniors and children, our most vulnerable road users.
Since the winter, city crews have been fast-tracking the creation of 12 Seniors Safety Zones across Toronto. These zones involve increasing walk times at traffic signals, enhancing pedestrian markings and improving signage and street lighting.
As we head into summer, our next big push is School Safety Zones, which we’re aiming to have in place for September at a number of schools to coincide with back-to-school and the shorter days of the fall season when there are typically increased rates of collisions.
We’ve also got many more safety initiatives lined up for the remainder of 2017, including:
- Physical engineering improvements at 16 locations
- Accessible pedestrian signal installations at 20 additional locations
- Increased pedestrian walk times at 42 additional locations
- Road safety audits to be conducted at 14 locations
- Expansion of the permanent Watch Your Speed signs at 20 additional schools
Last month, I was also pleased to host Toronto’s second annual Vision Zero Summit, which brought together more than 20 stakeholder groups and road safety experts to discuss progress on the Road Safety Plan and our next steps as a city. It’s always a great discussion, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s Summit!
To learn more about the safety improvements planned for 2017, check out our website toronto.ca/VisionZeroTO.