Backgrounder: Vision Zero Highlights
September 24, 2018
Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a five year action plan (2017-2021) to eliminate fatalities and reduce serious injuries. It emphasizes improved motorcyclist, cyclist and pedestrian safety, in particular school children and older adults, and reduced aggressive and distracted driving.
- The plan, and the international Vision Zero movement, focus on eliminating serious injuries and fatalities resulting from roadway collisions, recognizing that the work must be both long-term and persistent in order to make change.
- At the June 26 to 29, 2018 meeting of City Council, Transportation Services’ 2018-2027 Capital Budget and Plan was increased by a total of $22 million, bringing the City’s total five-year Vision Zero investment to $109 million.
2018 Key Projects Underway (as of September 3):
- Active and Safe Routes to School Pilot: The pilot program has been launched at five schools. The pilot includes additional signage and pavement markings to facilitate safer routes to school and promote kids walking and biking.
- Mobile Watch Your Speed: Portable, pole-mounted signs have been deployed in every Toronto ward to remind drivers to watch their speed. Each sign will be rotated to locations within the ward on a monthly basis and includes built-in radar that measures and displays to drivers the speed of their vehicles.
- School Safety Zones: The City has begun installation of school safety zones at 49 locations and will see 88 schools marked with safety zones in 2018 – up from the original 20 schools. School safety zones include a variety of measures such as lower speed limits, improved pavement markings and stencils, driver feedback signs, flashing signage and more.
- Senior Safety Zones: The City has begun installation of senior safety zones at 27 locations and will see a total of 53 installed in 2018. Senior safety zones include measures such as lower speed limits, advance green for pedestrians, sidewalk extensions, safety signs, improved pavement markings, improved street lighting and more.
- Community Safety Zones: The City has begun installation of community safety zones at 73 locations with a total of 250 scheduled for 2018. Community Safety Zones are recognized under provincial legislation which currently provides that fines associated with speeding will be doubled in these zones. Once Bill 65, Safer Schools Zones Act, 2017 is proclaimed into force, the use of automated speed enforcement will also be permitted in these zones.
- Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs): The City has begun the implementation of LPIs at 35 locations with a total of 80 locations planned for 2018. LPIs give pedestrians a head start into an intersection to improve their visibility to drivers and reduce the likelihood of left turn collisions.
- School Watch Your Speed Program: Permanent Watch Your Speed signs will be installed around schools to make drivers aware of their speed.
- School Zone Reviews: Comprehensive reviews of schools and school zones will be undertaken to gather data/feedback to improve the safety of routes children take when walking to school.
- Pilot for Rapid Deployment of Geometric Safety Improvements: Using paint and bollards as a traffic calming measure, the pilot project seeks to improve safety by reducing pedestrian crossing distances and influencing traffic movements.
- Public Education Campaigns: A number of initiatives are currently being developed to improve public education around road safety, such as a refresh to the City’s website which will include a new mapping tool, a school safety campaign and a bicycle safety campaign.
- Street Lighting Improvements: In partnership with Toronto Hydro, the City is currently working to improve street lighting, particularly in senior safety zones, pedestrian safety zones and along bike corridors to improve the safety of vulnerable road users.
- Cycling Enhancements: Vision Zero improvements to cycling corridors are near completion along Dundas Street East and Strachan Avenue. Improvements to an additional five corridors are currently underway with an additional five corridors scheduled to be completed in 2018 (for a total of 12). Enhancements to cycling corridors include measures such as refreshed and enhanced pavement markings, additional pavement symbols, and green markings, which highlight potential conflict areas between vehicles and bicycles.
The target cycling network for the end of 2018 is:
- Cycle tracks 37.5 lane km
- Bike lanes 235 lane km
- Contra flow 12.2 lane km
- Sharrows 73.5 lane km
- Signed routes 249 lane km
- On street total 607.2 lane km
- Multi Use Trails 336.5 km
Bike Lanes Upgraded in 2018 (as of September 3):
- Annette Street at Jane Street
- Bayview Avenue at Mill Street
- Camborne Avenue, Exbury Road, and Roding Street
- College Street at Palmerston Avenue
- Crescent Town Road, Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue
- Davenport Road, between Avenue Road and Bedford Avenue
- Davenport Road, between Old Weston Road and Christie Street
- Denison Square at Bellevue Avenue
- Dundas Street East, between Broadview Avenue and Kingston Avenue
- Elm Avenue, between Sherbourne Street and Glen Road
- Front Street in front of Union Station
- Gateway Boulevard, between Grenoble Drive and Don Mills Road
- Gerrard Street, between Bay and Elizabeth Streets
- Greenwood Avenue, between Queen Street East and Danforth Avenue
- Inglewood Drive/Moore Avenue, between Welland Avenue and St. Clair Avenue
- Lake Shore Boulevard at Booth Avenue
- 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
- Sherbourne Street, between Bloor Street East and Queen Street East
- Sherbourne Street, between Bloor Street East and King Street East
- Shoreham Drive
- Shuter Street at Church Street
- Strachan Avenue, between Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard
- Summerhill Avenue, between MacLennan Avenue and Edgewood Crescent
- Welland Avenue, between Glenrose Avenue and Moore Avenue
- Wellington Street, between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue
- West Don Trail at the Science Centre
- Weston Road, between Cardell Avenue and St. Phillips Road
- Yorkwoods Gate at London Green Court
2018 Cycling Infrastructure Funding:
In 2018, all three orders of government have committed funding for the construction of cycling infrastructure including:
- $8.1 million by the City of Toronto for Cycling Infrastructure and Programs
- $41 million from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (2018-2020 – Cost shared 50/50 Canadian Government and City of Toronto)
- $25.6 million from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling program (2018-2020 – 80 per cent funded by the Province of Ontario and 20 per cent by the City of Toronto).
2018 Key Projects Underway:
Significant projects planned for this year include:
- Flemingdon-Thorncliffe cycling route connections
- Downsview-York University cycling route connections
- Dowling/Beaty quiet street route
- Chatham contraflow bike lane
- Bloor Street East and West
- Cherry Street
- College Street, between Bay Street and Manning Avenue
- Greenwood Avenue
- Sherbourne Street
- Harbord Street at Hoskin Avenue
Additional work on a variety of trails is also underway, including:
- Martin Goodman Trail (Unwin Avenue)
- Eglinton West Trail (Rakely Court to Etobicoke Creek)
- Gatineau Trail (Victoria Park Aveneue to Eglinton Avenue East)
- Finch Trail (Pharmacy Avenue to Birchmount Road)
- East Don River Trail (Phases 1 and 2, 2018-2020)
- 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 fall.
City staff will provide an update on the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan in the first quarter of the new term of Council.
Media contact: Wynna Brown, Transportation Services – Vision Zero, 416-392-1533, Wynna.Brown@toronto.ca