Even through the busiest of traffic, people are likely to jaywalk if the closest signal is too far away. This creates all sorts of potentially dangerous situations on our streets, especially for pedestrians. That's why John initiated a program with City staff in 2019 to review crossing distances along major arterial roads in Willowdale.
One of the first new signals resulting from that work was activated this month at Sheppard Avenue East and Pewter Road. In addition to creating a new safe crossing point, the site was selected in consultation with the West Lansing Homeowners Association as a tool to reduce some of the cut-through traffic on local roads in that neighbourhood.
We are actively working with the City's Transportation department to create additional safe crossing locations and will have more news on that once the necessary traffic studies, which have been delayed because of the pandemic, can be completed.