Item - 2014.PW31.1

Tracking Status

PW31.1 - Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council confirm the proposed levels of service beginning in the 2015/16 winter season for winter maintenance of cycling facilities, including priority routes with appropriate signage, at a cost of approximately $650,000 per season (based on the current cycling network) as outlined in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

2.         City Council confirm the expansion of the driveway windrow opening program beginning in the 2015/16 winter season at a cost of approximately $50,000 per season to those streets listed in Appendix 3 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

3.         City Council confirm the expansion of the sidewalk clearing program beginning in the 2015/16 winter season at a cost of approximately $50,000 per season to those streets listed in Appendix 5 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

4.         City Council direct that the necessary changes be made to Chapter 719 of the Toronto Municipal Code, Snow and Ice Removal, to require adjacent property owners to clear sidewalks of snow and ice to a minimum width of 1.2 metres wherever the City of Toronto has not undertaken to clear the snow and ice.

 

5.         City Council direct that contra-flow bicycle lanes be given priority status for winter clearing.

 

6.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to advertise snow removal guidelines in local newspapers at the beginning and throughout the winter season, including that where sidewalk snow clearance occurs the level of service for sidewalk snow clearance of 8 cm of snow accumulation in December and March and 5 cm of snow accumulation in January and February and that it is the responsibility of home owners to clear snow from sidewalks that front their properties at any other time.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 17, 2014) Report and Appendices 1 to 12 from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-68450.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 25, 2014) Letter from Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19 - Trinity-Spadina (PW.Main.PW31.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46782.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) (PW.Main.PW31.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46784.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (PW.Main.PW31.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46785.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Michael Black, John Fischer, Judith Kidd, Sean Marshall, Dylan Reid, Walk Toronto (PW.Main.PW31.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46786.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 22 - St. Paul's (PW.Main.PW31.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46783.pdf
(April 9, 2014) Letter from Mark Earley (PW.Main.PW31.1.6)
(May 13, 2014) E-mail from Antony Hilliard (PW.New.PW31.1.7)
(May 13, 2014) Submission from Liz Sutherland, Cycle Toronto Ward 18 (PW.New.PW31.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-47519.pdf
(May 13, 2014) Letter from Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) (PW.New.PW31.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-47527.pdf
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Mark Early (PW.New.PW31.1.10)
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW31.1.11)
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Roger Brook (PW.New.PW31.1.12)
(May 14, 2014) E-mail from Neil McDermott (PW.New.PW31.1.13)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-10-2014 11:06 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW31.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Paula Fletcher
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

1a - Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and AODA Compliance - Supplementary Report

Background Information (Committee)
(April 28, 2014) Report and Appendix 1 from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and AODA Compliance - Supplementary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-69023.pdf

PW31.1 - Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council confirm the proposed levels of service beginning in the 2015/16 winter season for winter maintenance of cycling facilities, including priority routes with appropriate signage, at a cost of approximately $650,000 per season (based on the current cycling network) as outlined in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

2.         City Council confirm the expansion of the driveway windrow opening program beginning in the 2015/16 winter season at a cost of approximately $50,000 per season to those streets listed in Appendix 3 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

3.         City Council confirm the expansion of the sidewalk clearing program beginning in the 2015/16 winter season at a cost of approximately $50,000 per season to those streets listed in Appendix 5 to the report (March 17, 2014) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

4.         City Council direct staff to make the necessary changes to Chapter 719 of the Toronto Municipal Code, Snow and Ice Removal, to require adjacent property owners to clear sidewalks of snow and ice to a minimum width of 1.2 metres wherever the City of Toronto has not undertaken to clear the snow and ice.

 

5.         City Council direct that contra-flow bicycle lanes be given priority status for winter clearing.

 

6.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to advertise snow removal guidelines in local newspapers at the beginning and throughout the winter season, including that where sidewalk snow clearance occurs the level of service for sidewalk snow clearance of 8 cm of snow accumulation in December and March and 5 cm of snow accumulation in January and February and that it is the responsibility of home owners to clear snow from sidewalks that front their properties at any other time.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee requested the General Manager, Transportation Services, to:

 

1.         Undertake a review of the current criteria for mechanical sidewalk snow clearing to determine if any changes could be made to increase the number of streets receiving this service and report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the Spring of 2015.

 

2.         Consult with Councillors and other stakeholder groups for recommendations for additional streets that should be reviewed for inclusion in the mechanical sidewalk snow clearing program.

Origin

(March 17, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide further information on winter maintenance levels of service following the report provided to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on November 20, 2013, entitled, "Confirmation of Levels of Service for Roadway and Roadside Winter Maintenance Services".

 

The report proposes the creation of levels of service for winter maintenance on cycling facilities, the addition of specified streets to the mechanical driveway windrow opening and sidewalk clearing programs, and changes to the Snow and Ice Removal By-law that will enhance winter maintenance for people with disabilities in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Background Information

(March 17, 2014) Report and Appendices 1 to 12 from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-68450.pdf

Communications

(March 25, 2014) Letter from Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19 - Trinity-Spadina (PW.Main.PW31.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46782.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) (PW.Main.PW31.1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46784.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (PW.Main.PW31.1.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46785.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Michael Black, John Fischer, Judith Kidd, Sean Marshall, Dylan Reid, Walk Toronto (PW.Main.PW31.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46786.pdf
(April 8, 2014) Letter from Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 22 - St. Paul's (PW.Main.PW31.1.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-46783.pdf
(April 9, 2014) Letter from Mark Earley (PW.Main.PW31.1.6)
(May 13, 2014) E-mail from Antony Hilliard (PW.New.PW31.1.7)
(May 13, 2014) Submission from Liz Sutherland, Cycle Toronto Ward 18 (PW.New.PW31.1.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-47519.pdf
(May 13, 2014) Letter from Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) (PW.New.PW31.1.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/comm/communicationfile-47527.pdf
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Mark Early (PW.New.PW31.1.10)
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW31.1.11)
(May 14, 2014) Submission from Roger Brook (PW.New.PW31.1.12)
(May 14, 2014) E-mail from Neil McDermott (PW.New.PW31.1.13)

Speakers

Hamish Wilson (Submission Filed)
Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
Roger Brook, Board Member, Transport Action Ontario (Submission Filed)
Mark Earley, Walk Toronto (Submission Filed)
Michael Black, Walk Toronto
Judith Kidd, Walk Toronto
Justin Levine
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Gord Perks

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Carried)

City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to advertise snow removal guidelines in local newspapers at the beginning and throughout the winter season, including that where sidewalk snow clearance occurs the level of service for sidewalk snow clearance of 8 cm of snow accumulation in December and March and 5 cm of snow accumulation in January and February and that it is the responsibility of home owners to clear snow from sidewalks that front their properties at any other time.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That the General Manager, Transportation Services, be requested to:

 

1.        Undertake a review of the current criteria for mechanical sidewalk snow clearing to determine if any changes could be made to increase the number of streets receiving this service and report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the Spring of 2015.

 

2.         Consult with Councillors and other stakeholder groups for recommendations for additional streets that should be reviewed for inclusion in the mechanical sidewalk snow clearing program.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor John Parker (Carried)

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

City Council direct that contra-flow bicycle lanes be given priority status for winter clearing.


5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

1a - Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and AODA Compliance - Supplementary Report

Origin
(April 28, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services
Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide supplementary information on winter maintenance levels of service following the report provided to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9, 2014 entitled, "Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and AODA Compliance".

 

The report provides clarification on matters related to sidewalk snow clearing standards and equipment specifications in other jurisdictions, Transportation Services' plan for compliance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation, a conceptual plan for the expansion of the mechanical sidewalk clearing program, and how desired pavement conditions may be achieved on cycle tracks and priority lanes.

Background Information
(April 28, 2014) Report and Appendix 1 from the General Manager, Transportation Services, on Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and AODA Compliance - Supplementary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-69023.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council