Item - 2015.PW2.2

Tracking Status

PW2.2 - Evaluation and Changes to Pedestrian Priority Phase Signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay Street and Bloor Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services, to remove the Pedestrian Priority Phase signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay and Bloor and replace it with a signal timing pattern as deemed suitable by the General Manager, Transportation Services, as soon as practicable.

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to consult with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the Ward Councillor and community stakeholders, including the Bloor Yorkville BIA, to identify operational and design options to enhance safety and the pedestrian experience at the Bay and Bloor Street intersection, and report back on options to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee by the first quarter of 2016.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 12, 2015) Report and Attachment 1 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Evaluation and Changes to Pedestrian Priority Phase Signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay Street and Bloor Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-76129.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 14, 2015) E-mail from Jennifer Cheadle (PW.New.2.2.1)
(February 15, 2015) E-mail from Alan Baker (PW.New.2.2.2)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Alexander Arvelo McQuaig (PW.New.2.2.3)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Sara R. Wunch (PW.New.2.2.4)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Myrna Copeland (PW.New.2.2.5)
(February 18, 2015) E-mail from Gregory F. Hill (PW.New.2.2.6)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Dr. David Homer, Traffic Committee Chair, Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (PW.New.2.2.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51318.pdf
(February 19, 2015) E-mail from Gee Chung, President, The Greater Yorkville Residents' Association (PW.New.2.2.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51321.pdf
(February 19, 2015) Letter from Dylan Reid and Michael Black, Steering Committee, Walk Toronto (PW.New.2.2.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51299.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Elizabeth Holmes (PW.New.2.2.10)
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Frederick Emrich (PW.New.2.2.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51347.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Paul Maranger (PW.New.2.2.12)
(February 20, 2015) Letter from Mark Earley (PW.New.2.2.13)
(February 23, 2015) E-mail from Frederick Emrich (PW.New.2.2.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51360.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (PW.New.2.2.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51362.pdf
(February 23, 2015) Submission from the Chair, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee - Article from Metro News, Bay-Bloor Scramble decision a glimmer of hope for a rational, factual Toronto (PW.New.2.2.16)

Communications (City Council)

(March 26, 2015) Letter from Dr. David Homer, Traffic Committee Chair, Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (CC.Supp.PW2.2.17)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-52113.pdf
(March 31, 2015) Petition from 200 persons, submitted by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre -Rosedale, during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Withdrawn)

That City Council delete the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Recommendations and replace them with the following new recommendation:

 

1.  City Council not remove the Pedestrian Priority Phase signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay and Bloor and extend the pilot program by one year.


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That Councillor McMahon be permitted to withdraw motion 1.


Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Apr-02-2015 10:15 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW2.2 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 14 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, James Pasternak, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford, Chin Lee, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza

PW2.2 - Evaluation and Changes to Pedestrian Priority Phase Signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay Street and Bloor Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services, to remove the Pedestrian Priority Phase signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay and Bloor and replace it with a signal timing pattern as deemed suitable by the General Manager of Transportation Services, as soon as practicable.

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager of Transportation Services to consult with the Chief Planner, the ward councillor and community stakeholders, including the Bloor Yorkville BIA, to identify operational and design options to enhance safety and the pedestrian experience at the Bay and Bloor Street intersection, and report back on options to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee by the first quarter of 2016.

Origin

(February 12, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

A pedestrian priority phase or scramble crossing signal was implemented at the intersection of Bay and Bloor in 2010. The purpose of this report is to respond to a motion by City Council to evaluate this signal feature and investigate potential improvements.

 

Based on the results of the evaluation study, Transportation Services has found modest positive benefits for pedestrians while negative impacts to vehicular traffic have been significant at this location. After consulting with local stakeholders and investigating potential modifications to signal operations at this location, staff have concluded that a pedestrian priority phase signal is not a suitable tool for this intersection and should be removed as soon as practicable.

 

Background Information

(February 12, 2015) Report and Attachment 1 from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Evaluation and Changes to Pedestrian Priority Phase Signal (Scramble Crossing) at Bay Street and Bloor Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-76129.pdf

Communications

(February 14, 2015) E-mail from Jennifer Cheadle (PW.New.2.2.1)
(February 15, 2015) E-mail from Alan Baker (PW.New.2.2.2)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Alexander Arvelo McQuaig (PW.New.2.2.3)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Sara R. Wunch (PW.New.2.2.4)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Myrna Copeland (PW.New.2.2.5)
(February 18, 2015) E-mail from Gregory F. Hill (PW.New.2.2.6)
(February 17, 2015) E-mail from Dr. David Homer, Traffic Committee Chair, Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (PW.New.2.2.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51318.pdf
(February 19, 2015) E-mail from Gee Chung, President, The Greater Yorkville Residents' Association (PW.New.2.2.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51321.pdf
(February 19, 2015) Letter from Dylan Reid and Michael Black, Steering Committee, Walk Toronto (PW.New.2.2.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51299.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Elizabeth Holmes (PW.New.2.2.10)
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Frederick Emrich (PW.New.2.2.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51347.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Paul Maranger (PW.New.2.2.12)
(February 20, 2015) Letter from Mark Earley (PW.New.2.2.13)
(February 23, 2015) E-mail from Frederick Emrich (PW.New.2.2.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51360.pdf
(February 20, 2015) E-mail from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (PW.New.2.2.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-51362.pdf
(February 23, 2015) Submission from the Chair, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee - Article from Metro News, Bay-Bloor Scramble decision a glimmer of hope for a rational, factual Toronto (PW.New.2.2.16)

Speakers

Miroslav Glavic
Mark Earley
Michael Black, Walk Toronto
Frederick Emrich

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

The the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommend that:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager of Transportation Services to consult with the Chief Planner, the ward councillor and community stakeholders, including the Bloor Yorkville BIA, to identify operational and design options to enhance safety and the pedestrian experience at the Bay and Bloor Street intersection, and report back on options to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee by the first quarter of 2016.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-23-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Mary-Margaret McMahon
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council