Councillor Josh Matlow

Back to School Road Safety

As your local representative and parent of a 7-year old, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone of how vital road safety is especially now that our kids are heading back to school after months of being at home. Road safety has been a major focus for me over my years at Council and when I served our community as our school Trustee.

In the past four years I have been a supporter of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, although I have tried to push the City to do more whenever possible. Some improvements have already been made with the implementation of the Automated Speed Enforcement program in school safety zones this year, and the upcoming installation of 150 red light cameras at problem intersections across the city later this fall and winter. While the assistance of technology is greatly appreciated, additional enforcement by the Toronto Police Services is needed. My motions to push the Toronto Police Services Board for adequate funding of traffic enforcement have been approved by Council and I’m continuing to push for improvements as enforcement is critical to reaching the goal of zero fatalities on our roads.

The recent improvements completed to the City’s cycling network as part of the pandemic response ActiveTO Program have also been a welcome improvement. I’ve been engaging with City staff, local community and advocacy organizations, schools, and business improvement areas to see where we can provide further assistance and give attention to locations that could use safety improvements for the most vulnerable users of our roads and sidewalks.

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