At this month’s City Council meeting, Transportation Services reported back to Council on a number of road safety initiatives that me and my colleagues had requested updates and action on. Out of the six items, I wanted to share some good news on one of them, which relates to improving road safety of school-age children via Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) and Community Safety Zones (CSZ).
As you may recall, the Province has provided a set of requirements and rules that permit the City to use ASE cameras only in Community Safety Zones in the vicinity of schools (i.e. School Safety Zones). In addition to this, there are school safety zone signage and road marking improvements that the City is rolling out around schools all across the city, which is why it is important to ensure that these School Safety Zones are implemented around every school.
I am happy to let you know that this month’s report has finally actioned my motion that the City fund Community Safety Zone implementation at every school, including high schools and private schools (motion #1 at this link). For our ward, this means the expansion of Community Safety Zones in five locations:
- Dufferin Street, between Eglinton Avenue West to Preston Road (expanding the existing CSZ near Fairbank Public School)
- Farnham Avenue, between Avenue Road and Woodlawn Avenue and on Woodlawn Avenue, going north-south between Farnham Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue West going east-west (new CSZ near De La Salle College)
- Mount Pleasant Road, between Merton Street and Millwood Road (new CSZ near Toronto Prep School and Greenwood College)
- Onslow Crescent, between Glenholme Avenue and Vaughan Road (new CSZ near D’Arcy McGee Catholic School)
- Tyrrel Avenue, between Winona Drive and Greensides Avenue (new CSZ near McMurrich Junior Public School / Winona Drive Senior Public School)
I will continue advocating for and working on improved road safety in our ward and across the city, especially for the most vulnerable road users. If you are interested in learning more about the staff report or any of the other items that were mentioned here, please see the links underneath for more information.
You can see the detailed staff report and further information on the other items that had been reported on as part of the above noted staff report, you can do that on the City’s website at this link.
If you are interested in finding out more about Automated Speed Enforcement in the city or would like to submit a request for a camera in the vicinity of a school in your neighbourhood, please visit the City’s website at this link.
You can see some further information on the different types of Safety Zones by the City at this link.