Jan 04, 2017
By Jane Brown
It was a dangerous night to be a pedestrian in Toronto.
There were 3 separate collisions involving pedestrians; at Westmore and Finch, The West Mall and Rathburn and at Overlea and Thorncliffe. Those three incidents were in addition to a morning collision yesterday at Sherbourne and The Esplanade when an elderly woman was hit, leaving her with critical injuries.
“The more alarming number that we’re looking at wrapping up is the number of pedestrians that are involved, namely seniors, the older more experience members of our community that are getting hit and fatally injured,” said Sergeant Brett Moore to Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer.
Road safety has been named a priority issue at Toronto City Hall after 2016, when 43 pedestrians were killed on city streets. That’s the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 2002.
Barbara Gray is the city’s new Transportation Chief. She comes to our city from Seattle with plans to improve safety for everyone on the roads.
“My goal that is in Toronto, like in Seattle, we would have the opportunity to share the roads as safely as we can and people would have a reliable trip regardless of what mode you choose,” Gray explained.
Gray will be a guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer on Thursday.
A new five year, 80 million dollar safety plan was announced lat year. It includes lowering speed limits on the main streets in the downtown core, implementing longer pedestrian walk times at key intersections, and more senior safety zones.