Toronto East York Community Council has approved a motion to reduce the speed of all arterial roads to 40KM in Ward 4
Yesterday, I introduced a motion at Toronto East York Community Council to reduce the speed of all arterial roads to 40KM in Ward 4 (with the exception of Lake Shore Boulevard). This motion was approved by the committee. This is an important step in the City's on-going work to implement Vision Zero and improve road safety. The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets.
Although there are sections of arterial roads in our ward that are already posted as 40 km/h due to the proximity of schools, etc , there were still arterial roads posted as 50 km/h. The intent of this motion is to provide consistency, improve safety and protect the most vulnerable road users.
More information about the motions from the meeting can be found here:
The speed limit reduction on arterial roads compliments other work taking place to make our streets safe for all road users. For instance, the Complete Streets Guidelines address the needs of all users, such as people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. When roads and sidewalks are due for reconstruction, the City uses a Vision Zero lens for redesigning the streets.
The City is also conducting a review of the Traffic Calming Policy which will come to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee later this year. Please stay tuned for more information about this work.