Item - 2015.PW5.9

Tracking Status

PW5.9 - A Road Safety Plan for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 10, 11 and 12, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with other City divisions, as appropriate, to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the fourth quarter of 2015 with a comprehensive plan to improve road safety, including, but not limited to:

 

a.  a review of international best practices from comparable jurisdictions, including Vision Zero;

 

b.  review of existing city policies, strategies and guidelines that touch on road safety;

 

c.  an enhanced analysis of city-wide traffic collision data;

 

d.  specific recommendations to improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, over the short, medium and long terms;

 

e.  an implementation plan and funding strategy, as appropriate;

 

f.  a regular reporting mechanism to track progress;

 

g.  the creation of a Road Safety Advisory Group to engage key internal partners and external stakeholders, including but not limited to the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Public Health, the Disability Issues Committee, Canadian Association of Retired Persons, Canadian Automobile Association, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Sunnybrook Hospital and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation; and

 

h.  the creation of a Road Safety Task Force to be developed and led by Transportation Services.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to conduct audits of those intersections with high pedestrian volumes to ensure that pedestrian safety and walkability are enhanced wherever possible and that the results of the audits and any associated recommendations be reported back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2016.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 31, 2015) City Council Decision on A Road Safety Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-79834.pdf
(February 23, 2015) Letter from Councillor Jaye Robinson on A Road Safety Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-79833.pdf
(May 28, 2015) Presentation from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Making Toronto More Walk-Friendly and Safe for Pedestrians - 2014 Achievements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-80561.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 30, 2015) Letter from Marilynn Bastedo, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Motorcycle Association (PW.Main.PW5.9.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52711.pdf
(May 26, 2015) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PW.New.PW5.9.2)
(May 27, 2015) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher (PW.New.PW5.9.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52890.pdf
(May 27, 2015) E-mail from Brandon Quigley and Sylvia Slaughter, Ward 30 Cycle Toronto (PW.New.PW5.9.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52894.pdf
(May 28, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW5.9.5)

Communications (City Council)

(June 9, 2015) Submission from Hamish Wilson (CC.New.PW5.9.6)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-12-2015 11:55 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW5.9 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Rob Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory

PW5.9 - A Road Safety Plan for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in consultation with other City divisions, as appropriate, to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the fourth quarter of 2015 with a comprehensive plan to improve road safety, including, but not limited to:

 

a.  a review of international best practices from comparable jurisdictions, including Vision Zero;

 

b.  review of existing city policies, strategies and guidelines that touch on road safety;

 

c.  an enhanced analysis of city-wide traffic collision data;

 

d.  specific recommendations to improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists,

over the short, medium and long terms;

 

e.  an implementation plan and funding strategy, as appropriate;

 

f.  a regular reporting mechanism to track progress;

 

g.  the creation of a Road Safety Advisory Group to engage key internal partners and external stakeholders, including but not limited to the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Public Health, the Disability Issues Committee, CARP, CAA, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Sunnybrook Hospital and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation; and

 

h.  the creation of a Road Safety Task Force to be developed and led by Transportation Services.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to conduct audits of those intersections with high pedestrian volumes to ensure that pedestrian safety and walkability are enhanced wherever possible and that the results of the audits and any associated recommendations be reported back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2016.

 

Origin

(April 2, 2015) Letter from City Council

Summary

City Council at its meeting on March 31 and April 1 and 2, referred Item PW2.11 back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee for further consideration in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

In 2014, 51 Torontonians were killed and many more were seriously injured in traffic crashes. The trend is down but we can and must do better, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, our most vulnerable road users.

 

Vision Zero is an international road safety initiative that aims to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Founded in Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero has been implemented in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and major American cities, including Boston, Seattle and New York.

 

While Toronto has a number of policies that speak to different aspects of road safety, we lack an overarching umbrella framework that focuses squarely on the issue.

 

That's why I'm asking for a comprehensive plan to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries on Toronto's roads.

 

We should learn from the expertise and real world experience of other leading jurisdictions, and the recommendation asks for a review of best practices, including Vision Zero.

 

The recommendation also asks for a review of existing collision data to inform our approach as well as a robust public consultation strategy, including the creation of a Road Safety Advisory Group to engage key stakeholders.

Background Information

(March 31, 2015) City Council Decision on A Road Safety Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-79834.pdf
(February 23, 2015) Letter from Councillor Jaye Robinson on A Road Safety Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-79833.pdf
(May 28, 2015) Presentation from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Making Toronto More Walk-Friendly and Safe for Pedestrians - 2014 Achievements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-80561.pdf

Communications

(March 30, 2015) Letter from Marilynn Bastedo, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Motorcycle Association (PW.Main.PW5.9.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52711.pdf
(May 26, 2015) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PW.New.PW5.9.2)
(May 27, 2015) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher (PW.New.PW5.9.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52890.pdf
(May 27, 2015) E-mail from Brandon Quigley and Sylvia Slaughter, Ward 30 Cycle Toronto (PW.New.PW5.9.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/comm/communicationfile-52894.pdf
(May 28, 2015) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PW.New.PW5.9.5)

Motions

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

That Recommendation 2 be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to conduct audits of those intersections with high pedestrian volumes to ensure that pedestrian safety and walkability are enhanced wherever possible and that the results of the audits and any associated recommendations be reported back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the first quarter of 2016.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)
 
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council