Councillors demand more protection for cyclists after city’s Vision Zero plan fails to curb deaths


    Two metropolis councillors will demand speedy security enhancements to the Bloor Avenue hall after a lady who was biking close to a protected bike lane within the Annex died after being hit by a flatbed truck. 

    “Whereas the Bloor bike lane pilot made the road safer, more should be completed alongside the entire hall,” tweeted Coun. Joe Cressy on Wednesday, including that he could be bringing a movement to council to make enhancements with the help of Coun. Mike Layton.

    “Deliberate enhancements to separation, accessibility and intersections on Bloor wants to occur sooner. I hope council helps these efforts with out hesitation or delay,” Layton tweeted in response three minutes later.

    The transfer comes as Jennifer Keesmaat, the city’s former chief planner, is looking for a “state of emergency” over the variety of traffic-related deaths within the metropolis.

    “It is an excessive amount of to take. It is insufferable,” she tweeted.

    “First step is to decrease pace limits and implement them. The sport taking part in — pretending we do not know what to do — should cease,” she wrote.

    Vision Zero plan failing to curb deaths as frustration mounts

    Wednesday marks two years because the metropolis introduced its Vision Zero plan to get rid of highway deaths. Up to now, this system has failed to make a major distinction. Toronto police statistics present 40 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed final yr, whereas 44 died the yr earlier than that. 

    Up to now this yr, 21 cyclists and pedestrians have been killed on Toronto’s streets, and metropolis officers are listening to about it.

    After Mayor John Tory provided his ideas to the household of the lady killed and stated he was decided to make the city’s streets safer, he confronted a backlash on-line.

    “I am annoyed and offended that politicians lengthen their ideas and prayers, however fail to implement satisfactory protections for cyclists and pedestrians. I am completed with the justifications,” wrote Steve Masse.

    “More aggressive police presence at intersections, more islands flashing lights,” wrote Sharin Kaur Saxena.

    “No more #visionzero theatre,” wrote Glendon Mellow.

    That frustration seems to be boiling over amid what is popping into one other lethal week on Toronto’s streets:

    • On Monday afternoon, a 50-year-old lady strolling close to Briar Hill Avenue and Dufferin Avenue was struck and killed by a driver behind the wheel of a pickup truck. Police say the motive force fled the scene, leaving the lady mendacity within the roadway. She later died in hospital.
    • On Tuesday round midday, a 58-year-old lady died after she was hit by a flatbed truck whereas biking close to the College of Toronto.
    • On Tuesday afternoon, police introduced a 36-year-old bike owner hit by a automotive on Might 15 within the city’s west finish had died on June 7.
    • The latest fatality — not included in Toronto’s stats however nonetheless shut to dwelling — was a 47-year-old bike owner who was struck and killed by a driver in Markham.

    Tory met with metropolis employees on Wednesday to see what may be completed to maintain pedestrians and cyclists protected. However the mayor says this is not simply up to town.

    “We’re going to reconfigure roads, we’re altering pace limits, we’re placing up indicators to inform folks how briskly they are going, we’re implementing the legal guidelines, we’re bringing in picture radar,” he instructed reporters.

    “However folks have to change, who’re in vehicles and vans, their very own behaviour.”



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