Camillien Houde Way, Montreal

Montreal’s Mayor Reclaims a Famous Road From Cars and Trucks

Camillien-Houde Way, the road that winds up Montreal’s iconic Mount Royal, will be closed to most vehicles, the mayor of Montreal announced Wednesday.

Mayor Valérie Plante presented what she called an “ambitious vision” for the road at a news conference on Wednesday. It will be reserved for pedestrians and cyclists but emergency vehicles will be able to use it when needed, she said. 

“We’re taking out the asphalt and we’re putting in trees,” she said.

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New York City traffic congestion

We’re Taking New York City’s Streets Back — and Then We’re Coming for the Rest of the Country

Over the summer, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority held meetings to discuss how to organize its congestion pricing toll for drivers entering Manhattan south of 60th Street…

…The fury around congestion pricing is part of a larger debate that has animated a great deal of big city politics of late: Who owns the streets? The public right of way can occupy as much as one-third of the land in big U.S. cities, and various residents have begun to ask if there might be better things to do with all that territory than moving and storing cars.

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Jessica Spieker

Toronto East York Community Council Video – April 12, 2023

Jessica Spieker of Friends & Families for Safe Streets (FFSS) spoke to the TEYCC on April 12, 2023, in support of Councillor Saxe’s motion regarding Avenue Road safety. FFSS is a support and advocacy group working to end traffic violence. The group supports those who have been impacted by road violence. Its members want Toronto to be free from deaths and serious injuries caused by traffic collisions, all of which are preventable.

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Avenue Road south of St. Clair

The Avenue Road Study Update

The City’s Avenue Road Study is currently in progress with the goal “to find opportunities to improve the street with emphasis on safety, mobility choices, and enhancing streetscape. Streets are places where everyone should feel safe, comfortable and connected.”

The Phase 1 survey results have been published. The results affirm that safety improvements for all users along the Avenue Road corridor is a top priority. 

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Wider Sidewalks Now video opening image

Wider Sidewalks Now Video

In 2020, the Avenue Road Safety Coalition made a video to illustrate the safety issues posed by the narrow sidewalks in the 6-lane section of Avenue Rd. between Bloor Street and St. Clair Avenue. We spoke to many residents, business owners and local residents’ association members about the problems and potential solutions.

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Pedestrians on snowy street

We wish you the best for a safe and happy holiday!

Please stay alert! When drivers are distracted by weather, poor driving conditions and all the rush and bustle of season, pedestrians are at even more risk.

The recent piece in the Globe and Mail, For pedestrians in Toronto, there’s a near-death experience waiting at every intersection serves as a stark reminder to all our Avenue Road supporters their friends and families to be careful and safe during this busy holiday season.

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Sign at Kartik Saini memorial ride: "A cyclist was killed here last week"

‘Our family is shattered’: Relatives mourn death of Sheridan College student at dangerous Toronto intersection

Kartik Saini, 20, died after being struck and dragged by a pickup at St. Clair Avenue and Yonge Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Parveen Saini says his family has “lost everything” after his 20-year-old nephew Kartik Saini, an international student from India, was struck and killed by a pickup truck driver making an apparent illegal right turn on Wednesday in Toronto.

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Reinventing the Avenue - aerial view

Reinventing Avenue Road

2021 was another busy one for the Avenue Road Safety Coalition. With the support of our members and the help of Councillor Matlow and Councillor Layton our goal for a …

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Avenue Road Walkabout Feb 2022

Avenue Road Walkabout – February 15, 2022

On a chilly Tuesday afternoon in February, the Avenue Road Safety Coalition walked the walk. We were pleased that Councillors Matlow and Layton and staff braved the cold to join …

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Avenue Road north of Pears

Make Avenue Road safer in 2022

We are happy to report some progress since our September 2021 public meeting in achieving our vision for a safe, vibrant, climate-friendly Avenue Road: The city has hired a consultant …

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