Safety first near Al­lenby Ju­nior P.S.

Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor

North Toronto Post - - News -

We have all seen far too many avoid­able tragedies, of­ten in­flicted on our chil­dren and our se­niors. That is why I have been hard at work fo­cused on im­prov­ing traf­fic and pedes­trian safety across the Av­enue Road cor­ri­dor be­tween Eglin­ton and Lawrence.

I suc­cess­fully fought to in­tro­duce the “watch your speed pro­gram” in the Av­enue and Castle­field area (in front of Al­lenby Ju­nior Pub­lic School) and have been work­ing over the sum­mer to en­sure safety across the Av­enue cor­ri­dor — in­clud­ing the con­sid­er­a­tion of ad­di­tional traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures, ban­ning dan­ger­ous turn move­ments and adding painted pedes­trian cross­ing lines. In Septem­ber, I will work to des­ig­nate the por­tion of Av­enue Road from Lawrence to Eglin­ton as a pedes­trian safety cor­ri­dor, re­duc­ing speed to 40 km/h and nar­row­ing traf­fic lanes to slow ve­hi­cles down. More­over, fol­low­ing my re­quest to Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice, 53 Di­vi­sion, ad­di­tional en­force­ment will be present on the Av­enue Road cor­ri­dor.

As your coun­cil­lor and as a par­ent and res­i­dent, it is in­creas­ingly clear to me that reck­less driv­ing and speed­ing ve­hi­cles are putting our fam­i­lies at risk. I will not tol­er­ate this new re­al­ity tak­ing hold across the GTA. I will con­tinue to ad­vance these ob­jec­tives at city hall, in part­ner­ship with our schools, and at North York Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, with the aim to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion, en­force­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal changes that lead to safer streets, school zones and res­i­den­tial streets along the en­tire Av­enue cor­ri­dor.

School safety zone in front of Al­lenby Ju­nior P.S.

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