Backgrounder: Vision Zero and Cycling Infrastructure
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June 15, 2018
Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a long-term plan aimed at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries with an emphasis on pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists, aggressive and distracted driving and motorcyclists.
- The plan and the international Vision Zero movement, focuses on eliminating serious injuries and fatalities resulting from roadway crashes. It also recognizes that the work must be both long-term and persistent in order to make change.
Completed a number of measures to improve roads in 2017, highlights include:
- Launched the new School Safety Zones program in September 2017, featuring new school ahead signs with flashing beacons, “School” stencils and enhanced pavement markings in the school’s neighbourhood and initiated the retrofit of 20 school zones in 2017.
- Launched the new Senior Safety Zones program which features new Senior Safety Zone signage, enhanced pavement markings and increased pedestrian walk times at crosswalks at 12 intersections.
- Equipped 96 signalized intersections with longer pedestrian crossing times to allow more time for pedestrians to safely cross the street.
- Installed 837 speed-limit signs along 39 corridors where speed limits have been reduced by 10 km per hour.
- Installed approximately 20,000 km of pavement paint for zebra markings in School Safety Zones, Senior Safety Zones and pedestrian safety corridors.
- Activated 60 accessible pedestrian signals to assist people to cross at signalized intersections.
- Made physical changes at 28 intersections including curb radius reductions and intersection re-alignments to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and help reduce aggressive driving.
- Installed red light cameras at 74 new locations.
For 2018, focus on:
- Speed reduction through an automated enforcement pilot. Increased planning efforts to implement Automated Speed Enforcement in School and Community Safety Zones.
- Continuing deployment of 40 km to 30 km speed reductions in approved neighbourhoods.
- Implement Pedestrian Safety Corridors including crossing improvements, signs and signals and pavement marking.
- Acceleration of the Senior Safety Zone program including 51 new zones installed.
- Acceleration of the School Safety Zone program.
- Designation of Community Safety Zones at 754 K-8 schools citywide.
- Acceleration of mobile Watch Your Speed Signs which will allocate one or more signs for each ward.
- Pilot for Active and Safe Routes to School program which includes additional signage and pavement markings to facilitate safer routes to school and promote kids walking and biking to school.
- Pilot for rapid deployment of geometric safety improvements (with paint and bollards), which involves road painting and road markings as a traffic calming measure to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and influence traffic movements.
- Traffic calming to reduce speeds including new Flex Post Traffic Calming signs and speed humps.
- Vision Zero Town Hall meetings and School Safety Forums in partnership with TDSB and Toronto Polices Services.
- Speeding and School Zone Enforcement Blitz.
- Public education campaigns.
- Improving Vision Zero safety data through partnerships with Ryerson University through the Vision Zero Safety Data Challenge.
The breakdown for the cycling network as of May 30, 2018 is:
- Cycle tracks – 36 lane km
- Bike lanes – 226 lane km
- Contra flow – 11 lane km
- Sharrow – 65 lane km
- Signed routes – 249 lane km
- On street total – 587 lane km
- Multi Use Trails – 330 km
Cycling facilities installed so far in 2018:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West – 1.4 km bi-directional cycle track, closing a gap in the Waterfront Trail
- Gatineau Trail (Victoria Park to Eglinton Avenue East) – 900 m that will be open within a few weeks
- Sharrows on Downsview and York University Neighbourhood Connections – 2 km
Bike lanes upgraded in 2018:
- Annette Street at Jane Street
- College Street at Palmerston Avenue
- Crescent Town Road, Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue
- Gerrard Street, between Bay and Elizabeth Streets
- Lansdowne Avenue, between Lappin Avenue and Dupont Street
- Martin Grove Road, between Eglinton Avenue West and Rathburn Road
- McNicoll Avenue – Finch Trail, between Kennedy Road and Silver Star Boulevard
- Poplar Plains Road, between Edmund Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West
- Runnymede Road at St. Clair Avenue West
- Runnymede Road at Bloor Street West
- Runnymede Road at Dundas Street West
In June, the following locations are scheduled for repainting and improvements:
- Dundas Street East at Jones Avenue and various other locations between Broadview and Greenwood Avenues
- Peter Street, between King Street West and Queen Street West
- Strachan Avenue, between Queen Street West and Lake Shore Boulevard West
- Shuter Street between Jarvis and River Streets
- Shuter Street at Church Street
Bike lanes installed in 2017:
Approximately 20 kilometres of new cycling infrastructure, including 6.5 lane km of cycle tracks, 14.2 lane km of bike lanes, 3.9 km of multi-use trails, 1.5 km of contra-flow bike lanes and 1 km of sharrows.
Bike lanes upgraded in 2017:
Upgraded and refreshed approximately 19 km of existing cycling infrastructure to improve the quality and safety of the facilities including upgrading 2 km of bike lanes to cycle tracks, refreshing 8 km of bike lanes and adding 9 km of wayfinding sharrows to signed routes.
2018 cycling infrastructure funding:
In 2018, construction of cycling infrastructure has committed funding from all three levels of government including:
- $8.1 million by the City of Toronto for Cycling Infrastructure and Programs
- $41 million from Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (2018 to 2020 – Cost shared 50/50 Government of Canada and City of Toronto)
- $25.6 million from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling program (2018 to 2020 – 80% funded by the Province of Ontario and 20% by the City of Toronto).
2018 Key Projects:
Significant projects planned for this year include:
- Flemingdon Thorncliffe cycling route connections
- Downsview York University cycling route connections
- Dowling/Beatty quiet street routes
- TTC, with City of Toronto and Federal Government support is installing more than 1,400 more bicycle parking spaces at 40 TTC stations across the City by the end of this year.
- New Bike Stations (secure bike parking) at City Hall and Finch West station will open this summer.
And work on a variety of trails including:
- Martin Goodman Trail (Unwin)
- Eglinton West Trail (Rakely Court to Etobicoke Creek)
- Gatineau Trail (Victoria Park to Eglinton Avenue East)
- Finch Trail (Pharmacy Avenue to Birchmount Road)
- East Don River Trail (Phases 1 and 2, 2018-2020)
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Media contact: Cheryl San Juan, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell), Cheryl.SanJuan@toronto.ca