Item - 2020.TE19.49

Tracking Status

TE19.49 - Avenue Road Pedestrian Safety Improvement Pilot Project

Decision Type:
11 - University - Rosedale, 12 - Toronto - St. Paul's

Community Council Decision

The Toronto and East York Community Council:

  1. Directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to Toronto and East York Community Council in the fourth quarter of 2020 or as soon as possible, on the feasibility of a pedestrian safety improvement pilot project on Avenue Road between Davenport Road and St. Clair Avenue West, which would include but not be limited to:

a. lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h;


b. occupying curb lanes on both sides of Avenue Road and dedicating them for pedestrian use by separating them from live traffic with sturdy barriers and providing ramp access to existing sidewalks;


c. regularly monitoring and adjusting the setup as needed;


d. providing clear timelines and identifying any potential issues that would need to be addressed in order to go ahead with pilot implementation; and


e. including findings as part of the Avenue Road Feasibility Study.


(October 15, 2020) Letter from Councillor Matlow, Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul's and Councillor Layton, Ward 11, University-Rosedale


We are writing to Community Council to support us in our goal of improving pedestrian safety on Avenue Road between Davenport Road and St. Clair Avenue West, through the implementation of a pilot project.


We had brought forward items regarding pedestrian safety on this stretch of Avenue Road several times to Community Council, yet little has changed on the ground. Improvements are long overdue, and many in our communities are frustrated about the lack of practical advancements, even after years of working with City staff on solutions. Based on our 2019 motion, Transportation Services have committed to a comprehensive study of the area (Avenue Road Feasibility Study), but that has been delayed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is now more important than ever that we recognize the need for safer pedestrian infrastructure on Avenue Road, especially with social distancing requirements that simply cannot be met in the current arrangement of the street.


We have been closely working with the Avenue Road Safety Coalition (ARSC) on these concerns for over two years, and they have requested that the City does two things on a pilot basis: lower the speed limit to 40 km/h and widen the sidewalks between Davenport Road and St. Clair Avenue West. While staff had advised against such changes as part of the ActiveTO Program in our last meeting with Transportation Service and ARSC several months ago, we want to see if the existing Avenue Road Feasibility Study can incorporate these changes on a trial basis. Rather than relying solely on modelling and theory, the pilot would allow for staff to see how some of these changes would work on the ground, what is successful, and what needs to be corrected. Rather than a detractor to the existing study, the pilot could enrich it and provide additional insights that modelling alone would not be able to do.

Background Information

(October 15, 2020) Letter from Councillor Matlow, Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul's and Councillor Layton, Ward 11, University-Rosedale - Avenue Road Pedestrian Safety Improvement Pilot Project


(October 9, 2020) Letter from ISKCON Toronto (TE.New.19.49.1)
(October 11, 2020) E-mail from Nataliya Murzenko (TE.New.19.49.2)
(October 12, 2020) E-mail from The Annex Residents Association (TE.New.19.49.3)
(October 12, 2020) Letter from Walk Toronto (TE.New.19.49.4)
(October 13, 2020) E-mail from Cottingham Square Community Association (TE.New.19.49.5)
(October 13, 2020) E-mail from Andrew Cormier (TE.New.19.49.6)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition (TE.New.19.49.7)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Church of the Redeemer (TE.New.19.49.8)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Rathnelly Area Residents' Association (TE.New.19.49.9)
(October 12, 2020) E-mail from ABC Residents Association (TE.New.19.49.10)
(October 14, 2020) E-mail from John MacMillan (TE.New.19.49.11)
(October 14, 2020) E-mail from Michael Pelz (TE.New.19.49.12)
(October 14, 2020) E-mail from Brother Domenic Viggiani (TE.New.19.49.13)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Amica Senior Lifestyles (TE.New.19.49.14)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Cottingham Junior Public School Parent Council (TE.New.19.49.15)
(October 14, 2020) Letter from Cynthia Crysler (TE.New.TE19.49.15)
(October 15, 2020) E-mail from Mary Helen Spence (TE.New.TE19.49.16)
(October 15, 2020) Letter from Ken Brown (TE.Supp.TE19.49.17)


Dylan Reid
Ken Brown, Cottingham Square Residents Association


1 - Motion to Add New Business at Committee moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

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