Backgrounder: Vision Zero Highlights
October 29, 2018
Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
- The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a five year action plan (2017-2021) 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.
- At the June 26-29, 2018 meeting of City Council, Transportation Services’ 2018-2027 Capital Budget and Plan was increased by a total of $22 million.
2018 Key Projects in the Works (as of October 15):
- Active and Safe Routes to School Pilot: The pilot program has been launched at 5 schools. The pilot includes additional signage and sidewalk markings to facilitate safer routes to school and promote kids walking and biking to school.
- Mobile Watch Your Speed: Portable, pole-mounted signs have been deployed in every Toronto ward reminding drivers to watch their speed. Each sign, will be rotated to locations within the ward every three weeks, and includes built-in radar that measures and displays to drivers the speed of their vehicles. The City has launched 69 of these so far with a total of 188 expected by the end of the year.
- School Safety Zones: The City has begun installation of school safety zones at 61 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 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 38 locations and will see 53 installed in 2018 – up from the original 12. 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 199 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. Once the proclaimed areas of Bill 65, Safer Schools Zones Act, 2017 are 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 73 locations with a total of 80 locations planned for 2018. LPIs give pedestrians a head start into an intersection to improve their visibility by cars and reduce the likelihood of left turn collisions with pedestrians.
- School Watch Your Speed Program: Permanent signs will be installed around schools to make drivers aware of their speed.
- School Zone Reviews: Comprehensive reviews of schools and school zones aimed at gathering data/ feedback to improve the safety of routes children take when walking to school will be undertaken.
- 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: The City’s Vision Zero webpage has recently been launched with a new interactive mapping tool. In addition, a number of initiatives are currently in various stages of implementation to improve public education around road safety, such as a school safety campaign, a bicycle safety campaign, and the Art of Distraction. In partnership with the Friends and Family for Safe Streets, the Art of Distraction campaign brings attention to road safety to influence safer – less distracted behaviour while on the road.
- 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 our most vulnerable road users at over 90 locations.
- Cycling Enhancements: Vision Zero improvements to cycling corridors have been completed along Dundas Street East. Improvements to six corridors are currently underway with an additional five corridors (for a total of 12) scheduled for review and implementation in 2018. Enhancements to cycling corridors include measures such as refreshed and enhanced pavement markings, intersection improvements, bus stop enhancements and green markings to highlight potential conflict areas between motor vehicles and bicycles.
The target cycling network for the end of 2018 is:
- Cycle tracks 5 lane km
- Bike lanes 235 lane km
- Contra flow 2 lane km
- Sharrows 5 lane km
- Signed routes 249 lane km
- On street total 2 lane km
- Multi Use Trails 5 km
Cycling Infrastructure Upgraded in 2018 (as of September 30):
- 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
- Chatham Ave contraflow bike lane
- Davenport Road, between Avenue Road and Bedford Avenue
- Davenport Road, between Old Weston Road and Christie Street
- Denison Square at Bellevue Avenue
- Dowling/Beaty quiet street route
- Dundas Street East, between Broadview Avenue and Kingston Avenue
- Elm Avenue – Sherbourne Street to Glen Road
- Front Street in front of Union Station
- Gateway Boulevard – Grenoble Drive and Don Mills Road
- Gerrard Street – Bay and Elizabeth Streets
- Inglewood Drive/Moore Avenue – Welland Avenue and St Clair Avenue
- Lake Shore Boulevard East at Booth Avenue
- Lansdowne Avenue – Lappin Avenue and Dupont Street
- Martin Grove Road – Eglinton Avenue West and Rathburn Road
- McNicoll Avenue – Finch Trail, between Kennedy Road and Silver Star Boulevard
- Poplar Plains Road – Edmund Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West
- Royal York Road between Eglinton Ave W and Lake Shore Blvd W
- Runnymede Road at St. Clair Avenue West
- Runnymede Road at Bloor Street West
- Runnymede Road at Dundas Street West
- Shoreham Drive – Jane St and the Pong Road
- Shuter Street at Church Street
- Summerhill Avenue, between MacLennan Avenue and Edgewood Crescent
- Thorncliffe Park Drive
- Welland Avenue – Glenrose Avenue and Moore Avenue
- Wellington Street – Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue
- West Don Trail at the Science Centre
- Weston Road – Cardell Avenue to St Phillips Road
- Yorkwoods Gate at London Green Court
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 (2018-2020 – Cost shared 50/50 Canadian Government 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 and upgrades Still Underway:
Significant projects underway and planned for this year are weather dependent, but include:
- Davenport Road – Bay Street to Avenue Road
- Dovehouse St – Sentinel Rd to Keele St (PTIF)
- Flemingdon Thorncliffe cycling route connections (PTIF)
- Bloor Street East and West
- Cherry Street – Mill Street and Lake Shore Blvd East (SOGR)
- College Street, between Bay Street and Manning Avenue
- Greenwood Avenue, between Queen Street East and Danforth Avenue
- Harbord Street at Hoskin Avenue
- Sherbourne Street – Bloor St E to Queen St E.
- Strachan Avenue, – Queen Street and Lake Shore Boulevard
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)
- Finch Trail (Pharmacy to Birchmount)
- 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
Staff will be providing an update on the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan in Q1 of the new term of Council.
Media Contact: Wynna Brown, Transportation Services – Vision Zero, 416-392-1533, Wynna.Brown@toronto.ca