Fa­tal in­ter­sec­tion to get speed bumps

But stop­light still needs coun­cil’s ap­proval

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - TORONTO - David Hains metro | toronto

An East York neigh­bour­hood will fi­nally get long-re­quested traf­fic con­trol mea­sures.

How­ever, the safety fea­tures only come af­ter 69-year-old Jae Blue was killed by a driver at Cedar­vale and Cos­burn av­enues in De­cem­ber.

Lo­cal councillor Janet Davis re­grets the changes took so long.

“Her death was a ter­ri­ble tragedy and shouldn’t have hap­pened,” Davis told Metro.

Toronto-East York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil unan­i­mously en­dorsed the pack­age of road-safety changes at a meet­ing Tues­day that was at­tended by Blue’s two sons. Scott and Ryan Blue have both been vo­cal sup­port­ers of traf­fic­con­trol mea­sures in the wake of their mother’s death.

The pack­age of safety mea­sures in­cludes new speed bumps and a stop­light, though the stop­light will have to be ap­proved by city coun­cil on July 5.

Asked if some coun­cil­lors out­side the Toronto-East York area might push back against the stop­light, given that staff didn’t rec­om­mend it, Davis said it’s a pos­si­bil­ity.

“It wouldn’t sur­prise me,” she said, adding that she has a pe­ti­tion signed by hun­dreds of lo­cal res­i­dents to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

Davis said the neigh­bour­hood should be un­der­stood in a pedes­trian con­text.

She pointed to the many lo­cal ameni­ties peo­ple walk to, in­clud­ing a school, child-care cen­tre, se­niors cen­tre, skate park and base­ball di­a­mond — all of which are within one or two blocks of Wood­bine Av­enue, a ma­jor thor­ough­fare.

She ar­gued that the larger Ryan, left, and Scott Blue’s mother, Jae Blue, was killed by a dis­tracted driver at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cos­burn and Ced­er­vale in De­cem­ber. prob­lem is how the city de­ter­mines traf­fic war­rants, the met­rics used to de­ter­mine which in­ter­sec­tions get stop signs, cross­walks and speed bumps.

“War­rants are struc­tured in such a way to give pri­or­ity to traf­fic flow be­fore any­thing else,” she said, ar­gu­ing the poli­cies should be re­formed to bet­ter pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble road users like pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

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