cyclist at Avenue Rd & Dupont

Is Avenue Road getting worse?

Residents want change, but people keep getting hurt

Recently, a cyclist was hit by a school bus while trying to cross Avenue Road in midtown Toronto. It’s not the first time someone has been hit along Avenue Road and it won’t be the last, which is why local residents and residents’ associations have been calling for the six-lane stretch of the thoroughfare south of St. Clair to be reimagined as a complete street that makes vulnerable road users the priority instead of automobiles.

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Pedestrians at Bloor and Yonge

197 pedestrians struck by Toronto drivers in 45 days

Toronto is experiencing a surge in pedestrians struck by drivers, and though the year is only a month and a half underway, the city has already recorded a jaw-dropping 197 cases of motor vehicles colliding with pedestrians since January 1, 2023.

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Speeding car at night

Photo radar said the car was going more than 70 km/h over the limit. How the owner fought the charge — and won

At 3:12 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2021, an automated speed enforcement (ACE) camera on Avenue Road took a photo that showed a driver racing north on the six-lane roadway at 121 km/h, well above the posted limit of 50 km/h. The owner of the vehicle was issued a $1,400 fine, the large amount calculated over how much over the limit the vehicle was going.

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New Ward 11 Councillor Dianne Saxe

Congratulations to new Ward 11 Councillor Dianne Saxe!

The Avenue Road Safety Coalition is fortunate to have a dream team advocating for improved pedestrian safety. Dianne along with returning Councillor Josh Matlow, will be our voices for a safer Avenue Road at City Council.

Dianne Saxe is an Environmental Lawyer with an impressive range of accomplishments and advocacy work.

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Avenue Road re-imagined Brown & Storey Architects

Fixing Sam’s Road: the urban design disaster of Avenue Road

Avenue Road is the enduring legacy of Sam Cass. Very enduring.

Cass was the traffic engineer hired by the new Metro Toronto government created in 1954 to federate the city of Toronto and 12 other local municipalities. His task was to create a network of roads that would bring people efficiently into the downtown core and take them back to their suburban homes at night. That was the post-war vision of the city.

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City of Toronto - bike lane pilot

Making Avenue Road humane and efficient Avenue Road is currently “an urban speedway cutting through the neighbourhood.” It is basically a six-lane highway, and the design encourages fast traffic, speeding. The sidewalk is too narrow, …

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Pedestrians - Eaton Centre

Toronto’s measures to prevent pedestrian deaths have fallen short

Last month, 17-year-old Nadia Mozumder was crossing the street outside her Scarborough school during her lunch break when she was hit and killed by a driver in a minivan making a left turn.

Seven years ago, at another Scarborough intersection, 42-year-old Erica Stark was standing on the sidewalk with her dog, waiting for the light to turn green, when a minivan jumped the curb, hit and killed her./

Two women were killed on two separate clear fall days by two different drivers of a Dodge Caravan, in the same neighbourhood of the same city – a city that has vowed to eliminate pedestrian fatalities entirely.

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