safe streets

Update on Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

Since 2015, 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, our most vulnerable road users. In 2016, 86 percent of pedestrian fatalities were aged 55 and older.

With that in mind, city crews have been fast-tracking the creation of 12 Seniors Safety Zones across Toronto. These zones include improvements such as increasing walk times at traffic signals, reducing speed limits and enhancing pedestrian markings, signage and street lighting.

We’ve also got many more safety initiatives lined up, including:

  • Physical engineering improvements at 16 locations
  • Accessible pedestrian signal installations at 20 additional locations
  • Expansion of the permanent Watch Your Speed signs at 20 additional schools

To learn more about what’s planned, check out our brand new website toronto.ca/VisionZeroTO!

Toronto’s Road Safety Strategic Plan

In October, I met with the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Polly Trottenberg, to discuss and share information about transportation and transit initiatives. New York is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in designing safe streets.

One of our main topics of conversation was Vision Zero, a strategy initiated in Sweden in 1997 that strives to reduce traffic fatalities. The strategy primarily focuses on analyzing the structural causes of accidents and then working to address these problems. A number of major American cities, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles, have adopted variations of Vision Zero.

Here in Toronto, we’re developing a customized Road Safety Strategic Plan that addresses the needs of diverse road users.

You can read my motion here.

We are reviewing our current policies and guidelines on road safety and conducting an enhanced analysis of collision data. A key part of the plan also involves looking at what other cities are doing and how we can adapt international best practices, including Vision Zero, to create our own Toronto-specific road safety initiative.

I’m kicking off the New Year by chairing a roundtable where we’ll work with key stakeholders to brainstorm and develop specific strategies to significantly improve the safety of our shared streets.

Stay tuned for updates!

Jaye with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of NYC's Department of Transportation, and Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services.

Jaye with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of NYC's Department of Transportation, and Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation Services.