Implementing Vision Zero Actions Will Dramatically Reduce Traffic Deaths.
Toronto – Mayoral candidate Gil Penalosa released his Safe Streets for Everyone plan today which proposes sweeping changes that truly align with Vision Zero principles. The plan will dramatically reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries in Toronto with the goal of eliminating all road deaths for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
“Every traffic death in Toronto is a policy failure,” said Penalosa. “We have the data, the tools, and the know-how to make our streets safer and save lives; it’s the political will that’s absent.”
Safe Streets for Everyone has five key actions, including:
Implementing a 30 km/h maximum speed on all neighbourhood streets: Penalosa will eliminate the street-by-street poll for speed humps and increase traffic cameras. 85% of pedestrians die after being struck by a car travelling 50 km/h, compared to only 5% who are struck by a vehicle travelling 30 km/h.
Re-designing Toronto’s 100 most dangerous intersections in four years: Penalosa will institute a number of design measures, including bump outs, widened sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian medians, zebra crossings, and more to improve safety.
Eliminating billboards: the only purpose of billboards is to get the attention of drivers, which distracts them from the road.
Eliminating Right Turns on Red. With Penalosa’s leadership, Toronto will join Montréal, New York, and most European cities by banning dangerous right-hand turns on red lights.
- Implementing mandatory sidewalks: according to City of Toronto data, 24% of city streets do not have sidewalks. Penalosa will ensure that all streets have a sidewalk on at least one side. Penalosa will also eliminate the veto option that grants local Councillors the power to stop sidewalks from being implemented.
Penalosa launched his Safe Streets campaign today at Parkside Drive and High Park Boulevard — the site of a horrific accident that killed a couple and injured three others. Toronto’s Vision Zero initiatives have been largely ineffective to date. With four months remaining in 2022, 38 Torontonians have died in a traffic incident this year, compared to 58 last year, and 40 in 2020.