Woman’s death sparks road debate
Councillor calls for tra c lights, TTC pulls bus stop
The TTC has pulled a Scarborough bus stop from service following the death of a pedestrian.
The 21-year-old woman was hit by a car after getting off the bus and attempting to cross Steeles Avenue near Eastvale Drive Sunday evening. She was taken to the hospital with lifethreatening injuries and pronounced dead.
A Gofundme campaign to cover funeral costs has identified the victim as Jessica Renee Salickram.
“In view of this recent tragedy, we are suspending use of this stop until further notice,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green wrote in an email to Metro. Riders will have to get on or off elsewhere as the city reviews its options.
Coun. Neethan Shan says the inconvenient location makes it difficult for riders to safely board or disembark.
The south side of Steeles where the stop is located is next to a field with no sidewalk, leaving passengers in a pile of snow during the winter. The death of a 21-year-old woman who was attempting to cross Steeles Ave. has sparked calls to improve pedestrian safety at this area bordering Scarborough and Markham. Here is an illustration of the area where the bus stop has been temporarily put out of use. The area has no street lights, and no stop sign or crosswalks for pedestrians who need to cross north into the residential area.
“It is in an area that has seen a phenomenal amount of population growth over the past decade, and the streets are still the way they were all these years,” Shan said.
At the upcoming community council meeting, Shan will
It would take someone approximately 12 minutes
to get o bus at the stop, walk back and cross at the safe intersection, then walk over to Eastvale residential street.
The closest safe crossing
point is at Tapscott Rd.
crossingpoint. propose installation of traffic lights at the Steeles and Eastvale intersection. He said the city also needs to increase visibility and rethink speed limits in the area, given the increase in traffic from suburban residents who use Steeles/tauton as an alternative to the 401.
Shan said the city conducted a study of the area a few years ago, before he was elected to council, but decided no change 21-year-old Jessica Renee Salickram was
hit by a driver last Sunday as she tried to cross Steeles Ave. E. BUS STOP
“We cannot wait to catch up on things of safety,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that the attention is coming after a tragic incident. I share the frustration of the community.”
Adam Cohoon, a Walk Toronto board member and TTC Riders accessibility advocate, said there are many other dangerous bus stops, especially in suburban areas.
“If the road is busy enough to necessitate a bus, there should be a sidewalk on both sides,” said Cohoon, who uses a power wheelchair.
The fact that all three pedestrian deaths so far in 2018 happened when people tried to cross the street shows a lack of convenient points of crossing all over the city, said Cohoon.
“That’s not putting pedestrians first.”