A Message from Councillor Perks on the Martin Goodman Trail

Friends,

Many of you have taken the time to write or call me about the tragic loss of Xavier Morgan. Thank you. It’s often not easy to speak up and I appreciate that you did.

City staff have responded to your words and conducted a safety review and action plan to make this section of the Trail safer. Most important, they will be installing a safety barrier that will run for a third of a kilometre, roughly from the Legion to Boulevard Club.

This is a good step in a bad circumstance. I think we need to continue to look for improvements

Those of you who have been involved in planning improvements for the Martin Goodman Trail and the Western Waterfront over the years will know that improving safe access to, and use of the waterfront by cyclists and pedestrians is a long-standing goal in the community.  We have been successful in implementing several steps, but so much more needs to be done.

I look forward to working with you to keep making progress.

Please see the News Release below.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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News Release

June 2, 2017

City of Toronto announces improvements for portion of the Martin Goodman Trail

The City of Toronto is implementing improvements to increase safety and comfort for trail users along a section of the Martin Goodman Trail where a cycling fatality occurred last week. Barrier fencing will be erected along the section of the trail where it runs adjacent to the roadway between 1395 and 1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The 366 metres of fencing will provide additional separation, beyond the raised curb, between trail users and motorists on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

“The City of Toronto is concerned about the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This barrier fencing, along with other measures, will provide additional security for cyclists and pedestrians along this section and remind motorists of the many users of the trail. Temporary barrier fencing was installed today and will be replaced by permanent fencing as soon as it can be procured.”

Following an onsite investigation carried out by City staff earlier this week, other recommendations to be implemented in the area include improvements to signage and pavement markings for both trail users and drivers.

“This terrible loss reminds us that we must do better,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). “These first steps will help. We have more work to do to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are always safe.”

Transportation Services is also continuing to examine other trail locations across the city that are adjacent to major roadways to see if any modifications would be beneficial.

As part of the city’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the city is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users, especially our most vulnerable road users such as children and seniors. The plan includes 40 engineering, enforcement education, and technology-related measures that will help to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation network.