Item - 2015.PW3.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 5, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9, 2015. It is being forwarded to City Council without recommendations. It will be considered by City Council on May 5, 2015.

PW3.3 - Proposed 30 km/h Speed Limit Policy

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 5, 6 and 7, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council approve the proposed warrants for establishing a 30 km/h speed limit in the absence of traffic calming, as contained in Appendix 'A' attached to the report (March 20, 2015) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and that such speed limits, if warranted, be restricted to local and collector roads.

 

2.  City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact a regulation that will allow for a doubling of speeding fines in 30 km/hour zones in the City of Toronto.

 

3.  City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to request the Chief, Toronto Police Service to create a strategy to increase police presence and improve enforcement of speed limits in neighbourhood local streets.

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the following:

 

a.   what implications the Ministry of Transportation's proposal to amend the current default speed limit, in the Highway Traffic Act, would have on the City of Toronto; and

 

b.  as part of the Road Safety Plan, on the creation of "school safety zones" which may include elements such as lower speed limits, increased enforcement, higher fines, improved pavement markings, flashing signage, and/or a public awareness campaign, such report to include capital costs, annual operating costs, and legislative changes required to implement creation of such zones.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 20, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Proposed 30 km/h Speed Limit Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-78246.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(May 2, 2015) Supplementary Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Proposed 30 km/h Speed Limit Policy [PW3.3a]
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-79820.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Alison Stewart (PW.New.3.3.1)
(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Dawn Buie (PW.New.3.3.2)
(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Andrea Holtslander (PW.New.3.3.3)
(April 5, 2015) E-mail from Randy Tsomis (PW.New.3.3.4)
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Carol Burtin Fripp and Geoff Kettel, Co-Presidents, Leaside Property Owners' Association Incorporated (PW.New.3.3.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52167.pdf
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Brendan Morrissey (PW.New.3.3.6)
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Jared Ong (PW.New.3.3.7)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Peter Rogers (PW.New.3.3.8)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Laura Pin (PW.New.3.3.9)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Murray Lumley (PW.New.3.3.10)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Dylan Reid and Michael Black on behalf of Walk Toronto (PW.New.3.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52195.pdf
(April 7, 2015) Letter from Ronald L. Hart (PW.New.3.3.12)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PW.New.3.3.13)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Mary Jo Pollak (PW.New.3.3.14)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Councillor Josh Matlow (PW.New.3.3.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52214.pdf
(April 9, 2015) Submission from Karen Buck (PW.New.3.3.16)
(April 9, 2015) E-mail from Peter Clarke (PW.New.3.3.17)
(April 9, 2015) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.3.3.18)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Carried)

That:

 

1.   City Council adopt the following recommendations contained in the report (March 20, 2015) from the General Manager, Transportation Services:

 

1.  City Council approve the proposed warrants for establishing a 30 km/h speed limit in the absence of traffic calming, as contained in Appendix 'A' attached to this report, and that such speed limits, if warranted, be restricted to local and collector roads.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on what implications the Ministry of Transportation's proposal to amend the current default speed limit, in the Highway Traffic Act, would have on the City of Toronto.

 

2.  City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact a regulation that will allow for a doubling of speeding fines in 30 km/hour zones in the City of Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item) May-07-2015 5:24 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.3 - Nunziata - motion 1 - Part 1
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are John Campbell, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory

Vote (Amend Item) May-07-2015 5:25 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.3 - Nunziata - motion 1 - Part 2
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to request the Chief, Toronto Police Service to create a strategy to increase police presence and improve enforcement of speed limits in neighbourhood local streets.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-07-2015 5:26 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.3 - Matlow - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee as part of the Road Safety Plan on the creation of "school safety zones" which may include elements such as lower speed limits, increased enforcement, higher fines, improved pavement markings, flashing signage, and/or a public awareness campaign, such report to include capital costs, annual operating costs, and legislative changes required to implement creation of such zones.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) May-07-2015 5:27 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW3.3 - Carmichael Greb - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory

PW3.3 - Proposed 30 km/h Speed Limit Policy

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Without Recs
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee forwards the item to City Council as the motion to adopt the item as amended lost on a tie vote.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee advises City Council of having requested the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on the implications, including cost and maintenance, of painting surface markings in addition to signage in 30 km zones as part of the upcoming Road Safety Plan for Toronto.

Origin

(March 20, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

The purpose of this report is to respond to a request from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a proposed set of criteria under which the implementation of a 30 km/h speed limit could be recommended on streets in the absence of traffic calming.  Currently in the City of Toronto, a 30 km/h speed limit is considered on local and collector roads but only in conjunction with traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, road narrowings, curb "bump-outs", etc.  Recently, however, there have been several requests for speed limit reductions to 30 km/h even without the implementation of traffic calming measures

 

The criteria recommended in this report for the implementation of a 30 km/h speed limit is based on the development of four warrants: (1) Petition (ensures there is a basic level of community support); (2) Road Environment (classification, pavement width, speeds and volumes); (3) School and Cycling Environment (proximity to schools, parks and cycling facilities); and (4) Pedestrian and Traffic Environment (existence of sidewalks, parking, geometric design elements).   These warrants will assist staff in determining when to consider a reduction in the speed limit to 30 km/h even in the absence of traffic calming measures.

 

This report also seeks Council's approval to have the General Manager, Transportation Services report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the Ministry of Transportation's proposal to change the default speed limit in the Highway Traffic Act (currently set at 50 km/h) and to identify the implications such a change may have on the City of Toronto.

Background Information

(March 20, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Proposed 30 km/h Speed Limit Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-78246.pdf

Communications

(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Alison Stewart (PW.New.3.3.1)
(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Dawn Buie (PW.New.3.3.2)
(April 3, 2015) E-mail from Andrea Holtslander (PW.New.3.3.3)
(April 5, 2015) E-mail from Randy Tsomis (PW.New.3.3.4)
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Carol Burtin Fripp and Geoff Kettel, Co-Presidents, Leaside Property Owners' Association Incorporated (PW.New.3.3.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52167.pdf
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Brendan Morrissey (PW.New.3.3.6)
(April 6, 2015) E-mail from Jared Ong (PW.New.3.3.7)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Peter Rogers (PW.New.3.3.8)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Laura Pin (PW.New.3.3.9)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Murray Lumley (PW.New.3.3.10)
(April 7, 2015) E-mail from Dylan Reid and Michael Black on behalf of Walk Toronto (PW.New.3.3.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52195.pdf
(April 7, 2015) Letter from Ronald L. Hart (PW.New.3.3.12)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PW.New.3.3.13)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Mary Jo Pollak (PW.New.3.3.14)
(April 8, 2015) E-mail from Councillor Josh Matlow (PW.New.3.3.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52214.pdf
(April 9, 2015) Submission from Karen Buck (PW.New.3.3.16)
(April 9, 2015) E-mail from Peter Clarke (PW.New.3.3.17)
(April 9, 2015) Submission from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.3.3.18)

Speakers

Miroslav Glavic
Karen Buck (Submission Filed)
Hamish Wilson (Submission Filed)
Mark Earley, Walk Toronto
Councillor Frances Nunziata
Councillor Gord Perks
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Chin Lee (Lost)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact a regulation that will allow for a doubling of speeding fines in 30 km/hour zones in the City of Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-09-2015

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Lost)

That:

 

1.  Transportation Services staff report back to the June 2015 meeting of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee on lowering the speed limit to 30 km/h on all local streets and, where possible, collector roads, within areas designated by the City's Official Plan as "Neighbourhood" in the Toronto and East York Community Council area.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-09-2015

Result: Lost Majority Required - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 1 Members that voted Yes are Mary-Margaret McMahon
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on the implications, including cost and maintenance, of painting surface markings in addition to signage in 30 Km zones as part of the upcoming Road Safety Plan for Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-09-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Lost)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-09-2015

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Ron Moeser, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council