Councillor Josh Matlow

Avenue Road Pedestrian Safety Update

The lack of pedestrian safety on Avenue Road between Bloor Street and St. Clair Avenue West has been an issue that I have been tackling with several of my colleagues at Council for several years. Councillor Layton and I have worked with the Avenue Road Safety Coalition (ARSC) for the past two years to push Transportation Services to do better on protecting pedestrians on this stretch of Avenue Road. The issue of insufficiency safe pedestrian space has become even more urgent due to the pandemic.

Changes are long overdue, and we completely understand the frustration that many in our communities feel about not seeing any practical advancements, even after years of working with City staff on potential interventions. Work to improve Avenue Road is a long-term project and both of us welcome the community-driven push for road safety improvement on Avenue Road.

While progress has been made – especially with regards to the initiation of Transportation Services’ comprehensive study of Avenue Road from our request in 2019 – we want you to know that we have heard the concerns of our communities loudly and clearly. Recently, the Coalition has requested myself and Councillor Layton to lower the speed limits and request a widened sidewalk pilot project on Avenue Road, between Bloor Street and St. Clair Avenue West. Our offices are working together with Transportation Services to bring forward a motion to Toronto and East York Community Council this month that will respond to both of these requests.

You can count on our continued support for road safety improvements on this stretch of Avenue Road, ensuring that this route reaches its fullest potential as the safe and vibrant street that it should be.

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