The loss of David Delos Santos in a horrible collision at King and Close has hit us all hard. It has reminded us that we as a City have to do better. I wanted to tell you about a few things that are happening and let you know how to bring your ideas for improvements to the City.
Recently, a request to review the King and Close intersection was sent to Transportation Services for their review. After completing their study, Transportation Staff recommended that the existing Pedestrian Cross Over (PXO) be removed and changed to traffic lights (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE24.56 ). This was approved in City Council in September and could be installed as early as December of this year.
Creating safe cycling options for the neighbourhood has been a priority. Over the last year or so we worked with the community to create a local network of safe cycling routes. The cornerstone piece will link the neighbourhood via a new route on Dowling and a pedestrian/cycling bridge to the waterfront trail. This will be installed next year. You can learn more here: https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7808b6c33c667510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
Another safety initiative was the decision to reduce speeds on all residential side streets in our Ward and others to 30 km/hour.
As to the intersection of King and Cowan itself, the City has initiated a safety review. I will report their findings as soon as I have them.
My office hears regularly from community members about traffic concerns and the safety for pedestrians and cyclists. All concerns are shared with Transportation staff with a request that they review options to improve safety against professional standards or guidelines. If you have a specific concern please email or call.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. We are all deeply saddened, and we all need to speak up to make our neighbourhood safer.
Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2