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Ontario Making Toronto Streets Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists

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Ontario Making Toronto Streets Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Province Working With Communities to Fight Speeding

Office of the Premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in the community of Leaside today to highlight intended legislation that, if passed, would give municipalities more tools to improve safety for school children, seniors, other pedestrians and cyclists in community safety zones and school zones.

The intended legislation would allow municipalities to introduce automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology, which takes pictures of speeders' licence plates, on municipal roads in community safety zones and school zones. It would also give Toronto the ability to create zones with reduced speed limits, which have been shown to decrease the severity of pedestrian-vehicle collisions.

Ontario has listened to Torontonians who want to improve the safety of their streets, and is proposing these changes to help address the rise of collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.

Making roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages by giving municipalities options to enforce traffic laws is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Speed is one of the biggest killers on Ontario’s roads: 14 per cent of all people killed on our roads in 2013 died in collisions where speed was a factor.
  • In 2015, 64 people died in traffic fatalities on Toronto’s streets. Many of them were pedestrians.
  • Studies show that lowering the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in urban areas would reduce the number of deaths by half.

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Kathleen Wynne

“We have heard from Torontonians, safety advocates and city officials that too many injuries and deaths in this community are being caused by drivers who speed. We can help change that. Our intent is to give municipalities more tools to help make our neighbourhoods safer.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Steven Del Duca

“The City of Toronto has long been a strong advocate for tougher measures to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. These proposed measures would strengthen road safety in school zones and help make streets safer for all Torontonians.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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