Keeping traffic moving at appropriate speeds is critical to the health and safety of our neighbourhoods.
The City of Toronto continues to make improvements to protect our most vulnerable road users under the Vision Zero program.
In addition, John has engaged in a number of local initiatives to improve safety in the community.
Current Traffic Calming Initiatives:
Lowering Speed Limits: In early 2020, speed limits were lowered in Toronto to 50 km/h on most arterial and collector roads. In 2021, speed limits on most local roads in North York were lowered to 30 km/h. New signs are expected in Willowdale neighbourhoods in early 2022.
Watch Your Speed Program: Following John's pilot of WYSP signs in Willowdale in 2014, they continue to be permanently placed in Safe School Zones, with additional signs rotating through the community. WYSP signs can be requested online here.
Automated Enforcement: In summer 2020, Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Cameras were deployed in Toronto. There are currently two cameras rotating in Willowdale on a 3-4 month cycle. Currently ASE cameras must be placed in School Zones and can be requested online here. John continues to advocate for additional cameras and more areas where they can be deployed.
Safe Crossing Locations: John continues to work with staff to add traffic signals on major roads with long gaps between safe crossing locations. The most recent location at Sheppard W/Pewter was installed in September 2021.
Filling Gaps in Sidewalk Network: In 2019, there were 229 km of roads in North York identified without a sidewalk. John has been working at Council to identify opportunities to fill gaps in the sidewalk network, especially in close proximity to schools, community centres or large parks.
Slow Down Signs: Free "Slow Down" lawn signs are available reminding drivers to slow down in our community. During the summer and fall of 2021, John's office distributed hundreds of signs at local schools and parks. Signs can be requested by e-mailing our office.
Advocating for Live Enforcement: John continues to advocate with partners at the Toronto Police Service to maximize live enforcement on local roads. TPS remains best equipped to enforce Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, including speeding, missed stop signs or addressing loud vehicle noise. Local neighbourhood traffic issues can be reported to police online here.
Additional Traffic Calming Tools
The City of Toronto will use a variety of traffic calming tools, in approved locations, where speeding is an issue. To initiate a traffic calming study, a Councillor's office must receive a petition signed by 25% of households affected. Once a study is initiated, Transportation staff will evaluate a number of technical requirements and a formal poll will be conducted, requiring 60% in favour to proceed.
Some examples of traffic calming tools include:
Speed Humps - effective reducers of traffic speed and volume but also may create challenges for local drivers and emergency vehicles.
Chicanes and Curb Extensions - can slow traffic, but require a steady flow to do so. They also have negative impacts on cycling.
Traffic Circles - reduce speeds and vehicle conflicts at intersections, but also restrict turn movements for large vehicles, including emergency vehicles.
A full description of various traffic calming tools used by the City, and details on implementation procedures are available online here.
Current Traffic Calming Surveys
Active surveys being reviewed by City of Toronto Transportation Services Staff:
Active survey's being hosted by John's office:
West Lansing Neighbourhood. Local residents can participate in that survey here.