Backgrounder: Vision Zero Road Safety Plan measures for 2017

The City of Toronto's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan will introduce 45 new or enhanced measures targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists, aggressive and distracted driving, and motorcyclists.

The following is a list of actions that are planned for initiation in 2017:

1. Creation of Seniors Safety Zones

Seniors Safety Zones will be created to raise awareness of and to curb aggressive driving in neighborhoods where there has been a history of fatal and serious injury collisions affecting the older residents. Twelve locations in 2017 will feature designated Senior Safety Zone signs, "Watch Your Speed" driver signs, increased pedestrian walk times and enhanced pavement markings. Pedestrian street lighting will be reviewed. List of the 12 locations:

  • Dundas Street and Bloor Street
  • Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue
  • Victoria Park Avenue and O'Connor Drive
  • McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue
  • Brimley Road and Lawrence Avenue
  • Morningside Avenue and Lawrence Avenue
  • Eglinton Avenue and Midland Road
  • Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street
  • Dundas Street and College Street
  • Kennedy Road and Sheppard Avenue
  • Danforth Road and Main Street
  • Danforth Road and Coxwell Avenue

2. Red light cameras at 76 new locations

Since the inception of red light cameras in Toronto in 2000, the number of angle collisions (those most indicative of red-light running) causing fatalities, serious injuries or property damage has been reduced by over 60 per cent. Based on collision data, 76 new red light camera sites are currently under construction.  The red light camera sites can be found at:  http://bit.ly/2iEPoYp.

3. Accessible pedestrian signals

The Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) program of the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan will result in the relocation and/or addition of pedestrian pushbutton poles in accessible locations, the addition of audible pedestrian pushbuttons and the addition of depressed curbs and tactile plates at the pedestrian crossings. These combined features at intersections will improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The 20 locations listed below have been identified for review and implementation of accessible pedestrian signals given the locations' collision history.

 

  • College Street and Bathurst Street
  • Queen Street and Jones Avenue
  • Jarvis Street and Carlton Street
  • Kennedy Road and Bonis Avenue
  • Danforth Avenue and Pape Avenue
  • Yonge Street and Church Street
  • King Street and Dunn Avenue
  • Warden Avenue and Bamburgh Circle
  • Dundas Street and Huron Street
  • Danforth Avenue and Carlaw Avenue
  • College Street and Elizabeth Street
  • Dundas Street and Shaw Street
  • Sherbourne Street and Carlton Street
  • Dundas Street and Dovercourt Road
  • Yonge Street and Wellington Street
  • Finch Avenue and Sandhurst Circle
  • Danforth Avenue and Jones Avenue
  • Queen Street West and King Street West
  • King Street and Dufferin Street
  • Eglinton Avenue and Danforth Avenue
  • Dundas Street and Grace Street

 

4. Geometric safety improvements at intersections

The City of Toronto will initiate 13 new engineered safety improvement projects in 2017. The following intersections will be realigned, reconfigured and/or modified to improve pedestrian safety by reducing crossing distances, making the pedestrian crossing more accessible and reducing vehicle conflicts with cyclists and pedestrians at the following locations:

Location

Measures

Adelaide Street and Yonge Street

Curb radius reduction, resulting in
increased space for pedestrians

Indian Road and High Park Boulevard

Curb extensions, curb radius reductions
and raised intersection, addressing
speeding and stop sign compliance

Kenrae Road and Randolph Road

Curb extension

Millwood Road and Laird Drive

Intersection realignment and turn
removal to improve pedestrian crossing

Morningside Drive and Ellesmere Road

Removal of southbound right turn,
reducing pedestrian crossing distance

Wellington Street from 

Church Street to Yonge Street

Sidewalk widening, turn radius adjustments
and lane width corrections along the block
and at the intersection of Yonge and
Wellington, providing additional pedestrian
space and improving pedestrian safety

Front Street and Church Street 

Intersection geometric safety improvements
and traffic operations improvements

Yonge Street and Dundas Street

Curb radius reductions and pavement
marking improvements, reducing pedestrian
crossing distances and providing additional
space for pedestrians

Dundas Street and Victoria Street

Intersection geometric safety
improvements

Shuter Street and Victoria Street

Sidewalk widening

Mill Street and Trinity Street

Intersection geometric safety
improvements

Mill Street and Parliament Street

 

Intersection geometric safety
improvements

Riverside Drive and Mossom Road 

Intersection geometric safety
improvements

5. Road safety audits

Road safety audits involve in-depth investigations into locations where pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured to determine reasons for collisions and to make recommendations on appropriate safety improvements such as geometric road modifications, speed reductions, street lighting improvements, enhanced pavement markings and signage, implementation of prohibited turn movements and/or signal timing modifications.

In 2017, road safety audits will be conducted at 14 locations, including:

  • Dundas Street and Bloor Street
  • St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street
  • Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue
  • Yonge Street, from Steeles Avenue to Sheppard Avenue
  • Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue
  • Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue
  • Victoria Park Avenue and O'Connor Drive
  • Eglinton Avenue, from Warden Avenue to McCowan Road
  • Kennedy Road and Sheppard Avenue
  • Lawrence Avenue and Morningside Avenue
  • Spadina Avenue from College Street to King Street
  • Dundas Street East/Dundas Street West, from Bay Street to Sherbourne Street
  • Queen Street, from Bathurst Street to Bay Street
  • York Street to Yonge Street and Front Street to Queens Quay West

6. Reduction of speed limits

As part of the Pedestrian Safety Corridor program, 32 additional pedestrian corridors where pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured were identified for speed education, signal re-timing and pavement marking enhancements to improve safety for pedestrians. The work is expected to be completed this year.

Reduced from 70km/h to 60 km/h:

  • Eglinton Ave W from Etobicoke Creek to Renforth Drive

Reduced from 60km/h to 50 km/h:

  • Jane Street from Lambton Avenue to Pinehill Crescent
  • Jane Street from Wilson Avenue to Steeles Ave West
  • Yonge Street from Donwoods Drive to Franklin Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Post Road to Cummer Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from River Street to Pottery Road
  • Mount Pleasant Avenue from Crescent Road to Inglewood Drive
  • Progress Avenue from Kennedy Road to Brimley Road
  • Progress Avenue from Grangeway Ave to Markham Road
  • Midland Avenue from Lawrence Avenue East to Sheppard Avenue East
  • Midland Avenue from Finch Avenue East to Steeles Avenue East
  • Dixon Road from Highway 427 to Royal York Road
  • Belfield Road from Highway 27 to Kipling Avenue
  • The East Mall from West Deane Park Drive to Eglinton Avenue West
  • Bellamy Road North from Grace Street to Burnview Crescent
  • Bellamy Road North from Lawrence Avenue East to Progress Avenue

 
Reduced from 50km/h to 40 km/h:

  • Bay Street from Queens Quay West to Bloor Street West
  • Queen Street East/Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue to Parliament Street
  • Queen Street East from River Street to Coxwell Avenue
  • Spadina Avenue/Spadina Road from Queens Quay West to Davenport Road
  • King Street West from Strachan Avenue to Queen Street East
  • College St/Carlton Street from Dufferin Street to Parliament Street
  • Gerrard Street East from Broadview Avenue to Coxwell Avenue
  • Gerrard Street East from Main Street to Clonmore Drive
  • University Avenue from Front Street West to Gerrard Street West
  • Church Street from Conger Coal Lane to Davenport Road
  • Jarvis Street/Ted Rogers Way from Queens Quay East to Bloor Street East
  • York Street from Queens Quay West to Queen Street West
  • Front Street West/Front Street East from Bathurst Street to 340m East of Cherry Street
  • Pape Avenue from Danforth Avenue to Donlands Avenue
  • Main Street from 120m North of Danforth Avenue to Gerrard Street
  • Rogers Road from Weston Road to Old Weston Road

 

7. Expansion of the school 'Watch Your Speed' program

The speed radar signs aim to slow traffic on approaches to schools, making the crosswalks and routes to school safer for children. City of Toronto studies have shown that the signs have reduced the number of vehicles travelling over the speed limit by up to 34 per cent in school zones.  In 2017, permanent Watch Your Speed signs will be installed at 20 more locations.  These locations are yet to be determined and will be confirmed through consultation with city Councillors and Transportation Services staff.

8. Expansion of the mobile 'Watch Your Speed' program  

The mobile Watch Your Speed trailers serve to slow vehicle traffic on local roads, making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2017, the program will be expanded to include 12 new mobile pole-mounted signs for use in the central core of the city. The exact sign deployment locations will vary throughout the year.

9. Implementation of increased pedestrian walk times 

As part of an ongoing program to increase pedestrian walk times city-wide, walk times will be increased at 50 additional locations in 2017. This initiative provides pedestrians with more time to cross streets to better accommodate older residents and pedestrians with special needs.

Media contact: Steve Johnston, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, steve.johnston@toronto.ca