Vision Zero 2.0
July 11, 2019
The LPOA recently sent the following letter to the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee regarding Vision Zero 2.0:
LPOA Letter re IE6.8- Vision Zero 2.0- Road Safety Report
Text of letter reads:
25 June 2019
Re.: Agenda item IE6.8 Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update
Dear Chair Pasternak and Committee Members:
I write on behalf of the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, Inc. (LPOA) in support of the Vision Zero 2.0 Road Safety Plan Update (IE6.8 on your June 27, 2019 Committee agenda).
The speed of traffic flowing along Leaside’s internal residential streets has been a major concern for many years. In December 2018, after much public consultation, the LPOA presented a comprehensive and well-received traffic calming plan for Leaside, a key element of which is speed reduction. Increasing safety by reducing flow-through speed is its key theme
As well, an independent local initiative to gather residents’ signatures in support of implementing a Leaside-wide 30kph speed limit has collected over 1500 positive responses within a very short period. Clearly, traffic safety is a major issue for us.
We are delighted to read the recommendations in the Vision Zero 2.0 report. We urge your Committee to endorse its content and its philosophy of danger reduction through speed reduction, and accident prevention.
Thank you for your consideration of this important report.
Carol Burtin Fripp
LPOA Co-President with Geoff Kettel
and Chair, LPOA Traffic and Transportation Committee
Leaside Traffic Calming Plan – Next Steps
December 13, 2018
Leaside Traffic Update
Updated March 20, 2017
March 20, 2017
Public traffic meetings were held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for South Leaside, and on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 for North Leaside. The comments and feedback from those, along with the feedback from the online surveys, will help guide the next set of proposals.
While Councillor Burnside’s two traffic committees originally studying concentrated on seeking measures to provide relief during the lengthy LRT construction period, for both North and South Leaside, they have extended their work to look for longer term and permanent solutions. The LPOA’s traffic committee has from the start concentrated on long-term measures which would continue past the completion of the LRT, when major design changes are envisaged for Eglinton Avenue.
All of these committees will be working together to look for neighbourhood-wide solutions. Your comments (positive and critical) will be important influencers in this process.
We must acknowledge that unless we can reach a consensus on neighbourhood traffic control for the entire community – full area-wide protection – the quality of life, and our safety, will be eroded by ever greater car (and, increasingly, truck) traffic on all of our streets. Comments made at the LPOA’s November 22, 2016 AGM reinforce this consensus.
It is time to work out a plan, choose options, and identify locations for effective use of high tech measures such as speed cameras. Should all of Leaside be designated a Community Safety Zone, with lowered speed limits, especially on entry points, not just around schools? The faster the car is travelling, the more likely that serious injury and damage will be the result. There is pending legislation which we can apply to make Leaside’s streets safer.
North Leaside’s street plan differs from that of South Leaside, so differing approaches may be called for. Please participate in the survey and let us know what you think.
Leaside Traffic Calming Plan Update
November 30, 2016
This presentation was made by our traffic consultant (Paradigm Transportation Consultants) at the LPOA Annual General Meeting on November 22, 2016. Please review the presentation and send us your comments!