Starting Monday, November 25, the westbound lane of Fleet Street between Bathurst and Iannuzzi Streets will be permanently closed to all vehicular traffic. The lane will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.
Permanently closing this 200-metre portion of westbound Fleet Street is a critical Vision Zero measure that will put into action prior City Council recommendations for normalizing the intersection at Fleet Street, Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West.
The high-collision, five-arm intersection has long been a problematic location in the city’s road network for all modes of travel. It is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists, confusing for drivers and delays two streetcar lines.
The multi-modal Vision Zero safety improvement will shorten crossing distances for pedestrians and reduce vehicle turns and transit delays. Additionally, it will improve operating conditions for the 509 and 511 streetcars.
The step will be followed by monitoring, installation of streetscaping features and a technical review of the larger intersection for future pedestrianization and public realm plans for the whole area.
More information on the Fleet Street closure is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/fleet-street/.
The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With more than 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, seniors and cyclists. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/VisionZero.
“This is a significant, immediate action that will enhance safety for all road users in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Bathurst Quay, Fort York and CityPlace. This step aligns with our Vision Zero agenda, simplifies an intersection that has always been confusing for everyone and sets in motion a long-term strategy for a more vibrant public space.”
– Mayor John Tory
“We must plan and invest in our infrastructure to make our streets safer. No amount of injuries on our streets is acceptable. I’m glad to see this critical first step in our plan for Bathurst and Fleet being implemented to finally make this intersection safer.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Board of Health
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