December 16, 1999
To: Toronto Community Council
From: Director, Transportation Services District 1
Subject: Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor Street West - Proposed installation of speed humps.
To report on a request from Trinity-Niagara Councillors Joe Pantalone and Mario Silva for speed hump installation on
Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor Street West.
Financial Implications and Impact Statement:
Should installation of speed humps on Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor Street West, be approved,
funds to implement the work in the estimated amount of $15,000.00 would have to be provided within the Transportation
Services Division 2000 Capital Budget.
(1) That approval be given to alter sections of the roadway on Margueretta Street, from College Street to Bloor Street West,
for traffic calming purposes as described below, with implementation subject to favourable results of the polling of the
affected residents pursuant to the policy related to speed hump installation as adopted by the former City of Toronto
The construction of speed humps on MARGUERETTA STREET, from College Street to Bloor Street West, generally as
shown on the attached print of Drawing Nos. 421F-5165, 421F-5166, 421F-5167 and 421F-5168, dated March 1998";
(2) That a speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour be introduced on Margueretta Street, from College Street to Bloor Street
West, coinciding with the implementation of speed humps and as legislation permits; and
(3) That the appropriate City Officials be authorized and directed to take whatever action is necessary to give effect thereto,
including the introduction in Council of any Bills that are required.
Trinity-Niagara Councillors Joe Pantalone and Mario Silva have requested that Transportation Services' staff report to the
Toronto Community Council to obtain the authority to conduct a poll of residents of Margueretta Street, between College
Street and Bloor Street West, to determine their support for the installation of speed humps.
Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor Street West, operates one-way southbound on a pavement width of
7.3 metres with a maximum speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour. Parking is prohibited at anytime on the east side. The
permit parking system is in effect on the west side, from 12:01 to 7:00 a.m., daily. Parking is otherwise restricted to a
maximum period of one hour at other times on the west side of Margueretta Street, between Bloor Street West and a point
157 metres further south and between College Street and a point 150 metres further north. Along the central section of
Margueretta Street, parking is restricted to a maximum period of three hours on the west side (between a point 150 metres
north of College Street and a point 157 metres south of Bloor Street West. There are no intersecting streets on this section
of Margueretta Street, resulting in a block length of about 830 metres.
Transportation Services' staff conducted twenty-four hour automatic speed and volume surveys at three different points on
Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor Street West, and it was found that this street carries approximately
1,400 vehicles per day with an average operating speed (speed at which 85 percent or less of the traffic travels) of 49 km/h.
The average speed of vehicles on the street is 42 km/h and about 6 percent of the vehicles travel in excess of 55 km/h.
A review of the Toronto Police Service's collision data records for Margueretta Street, between College Street and Bloor
Street West, for the three year period beginning August 31, 1996 and ending August 31, 1999, revealed nine collisions
were reported of which two involved pedestrians.
In light of the speed profile and accident history noted above, this street is an appropriate candidate for the installation of
speed humps. Transportation Services' staff have developed a traffic calming plan with the view of reducing operating
speeds to approximately 30 kilometres per hour.
The traffic calming proposal, as illustrated on the attached prints of Drawing Nos. 421F-5165, 421F-5166, 421F-5167 and
421F-5168, dated March 1998, consists of ten speed humps with spacings between the speed humps of approximately 60 to
90 metres. A reduction of the speed limit to 30 kilometres per hour would also be appropriate. No impacts on parking are
anticipated and the effects on snow removal, street cleaning and garbage collection should be minimal.
As stipulated in the Speed Hump Policy, once it has been determined that the request for speed hump installation meets the
initial criteria, a formal poll should be conducted of adults (18 years of age and older) of households directly abutting the
affected section of street, and also households on side streets whose only access is from the street under consideration for
speed hump installations. Under this policy, at least 60 percent of those responding should be in favour of the proposal to
The changes proposed to Margueretta Street, as described above, constitute an alteration to a public highway pursuant to
the provisions of the Municipal Act. The intent of Council to enact a by-law to authorize any physical changes resulting in
the alteration of the pavement configuration must be advertised and subsequently be subject to a public hearing. In the
interim, consultations with the emergency services agencies have been undertaken to ensure that the detailed design does
not unduly hamper their respective operations. However, the introduction of speed humps would result in slower operating
speeds for all vehicles, including emergency vehicles, resulting in increased response times.
This project would be pre-approved in accordance with Schedule A of the Class Environmental Assessment for the
Municipal Roads Project.
Bob Runnings, Traffic Investigator
Telephone: (416) 392-7771
Fax: (416) 392-0816
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List of Attachments
Speed hump proposal Drawing Nos.