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.

“One of the major things that we found out is that 85 per cent of the vehicles travelling on Avenue Road are either travelling at or above the posted speed limit,” said Arlene Desjardins of ARSC. “And one of the shocking things that I had heard (at a community police liaison committee meeting) is that the Avenue and Davenport intersection has the second highest rate of collisions within 53 Division.”

Read more at Village Post (November 2022, page 15)