Toronto drivers need to ‘recalibrate’ expectations of speeding through city, says former planner


    Toronto’s former prime planner warns dangerous driving is compromising the “total liveability” of the town.

    Jennifer Keesmaat instructed CBC Radio’s Metro Morning the excessive quantity of pedestrian and bicycle owner fatalities in 2018 proves Toronto’s streets are unsafe, and suggests the town has a critical tradition drawback.

    Much more irritating than being caught in site visitors is when divers do not observe the principles of the highway — those who proceed to the center of the intersection and simply wait there blocking site visitors till the sunshine turns inexperienced once more, or those who’re turning left and ignore the very fact the sunshine has turned crimson. One proposed answer? Crimson-light cameras. Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s former Chief Planner, weighs in. 5:56

    Keesmaat says drivers nonetheless count on to drive rapidly through the town, whilst rising density has resulted in an enormous enhance within the quantity of pedestrians and cyclists.

    “We need to recalibrate,” Keesmaat stated.

    The former planner made the remarks after a Toronto Star column urged placing crimson gentle cameras at each intersection, with the purpose of stopping the “Toronto cease” — when drivers strive to get through intersections and wind up blocking crosswalks.

    Metro Morning heard from a number of drivers who blame pedestrians crossing with simply seconds left on the countdown clock, however Keesmaat says pedestrians should not be blamed in these conditions.” 

    “Give me a break … that is not even shut to the crux of the issue right here,” she stated.

    Whereas she would not encourage crossing on the final minute, Keesmaat says the distinction is that pedestrians do not endanger anybody by doing so. In the meantime, drivers blocking crosswalks create “precarious” conditions for pedestrians — particularly for kids and seniors.

    Metropolis including to Imaginative and prescient Zero efforts

    Keesmaat is looking on the town to be extra aggressive with its Imaginative and prescient Zero program, which goals to get rid of all traffic-related deaths.

    Council has voted to speed up this system a number of occasions, nevertheless there are nonetheless calls to do extra.

    Town launched its “Imaginative and prescient Zero Problem” on Tuesday, which can search for new designs to enhance security on metropolis streets.

    Only a day later, a bicycle owner was killed within the metropolis’s east finish, and on Thursday, police introduced {that a} senior who had been struck whereas crossing Lawrence Avenue in North York on Tuesday morning had died in hospital.



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