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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021

Thanks to everyone who came out on a rainy Sunday evening. Also thanks to Jess Spieker, Friends and Families for Safe Streets, and the Avenue Road Safely Coalition.

READ MORE (and see MANY photos) HERE

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Memorial Walk Sunday November 21, 2021 4:45 pm

Memorial Walk on Avenue Road
Sunday November 21, 2021 4:45 pm

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is held annually on the third Sunday of November.  In Toronto, Friends and Families for Safe Streets marks the day with a candle-lit walk along a dangerous street that could be made much safer.  

This year Avenue Road has been chosen for the walk, in recognition its dangers and the efforts of the Avenue Road Safety Coalition to make it safe.
Meet on Sunday November 21st at 4:45 pm in Ramsden Park, opposite the Rosedale Subway Station
or, join the walk at the west end of Ramsden Park at 5:00 pm as it heads down Avenue Road
Please bring a battery-powered candle if you have one

Friends and Families for Safe Streets  is a Toronto support and advocacy group made up of people who have lost loved ones in road crashes or have been severely injured themselves.  Its goal is for Toronto to be free from deaths and serious injuries caused by traffic collisions.

 We hope you will join us to support those affected and to show the community’s desire to make AVENUE ROAD safe for everyone.

For more details, see the event’s public Facebook page.
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Toronto’s measures to prevent pedestrian deaths have fallen short

Toronto’s measures to prevent pedestrian deaths have fallen short

Man on pedestrian crossing in autumn, in danger of being hit by car

Globe and Mail “Pedestrian fatalities are tragedies. Lives are lost and other lives – including those of the drivers – are destroyed.”

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Slate The Liberation of Paris from Cars is Working

Paris is taking space back from cars. Here’s how.

SLATE.com: Over the past six years, Paris has done more than almost any city in the world to take space back from cars. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has opened linear parks in the old highways along the Seine, phased out diesel cars in the city, opened bus lanes, raised parking meter prices, and plowed bike lanes down hundreds of streets. When COVID hit, Paris eliminated cars from the Rue de Rivoli, its major crosstown thoroughfare. Plans are in the works to pedestrianize the Champs-Elysées and plant thousands of trees to green, clean, and cool the city.

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New linear park for Avenue road

New Linear Park for Avenue Road

trnto.com: The vision comes from Brown + Storey Architects Inc. and is in collaboration with the Avenue Road Safety Coalition (ARSC), a group of residents advocating for Avenue Road to be safer.

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Cyclist death renews calls for improved road safety

Cyclist death renews calls for improved road safety

Toronto.CityNews.ca: Albert Koehl, Avenue Road Safety Coalition, is calling for a redesign of Avenue Road to improve safety. Melissa Nakhavoly speaks to the investments some would like the city to make to prevent deadly incidents from occurring.

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Fixing Sam’s Road

Fixing Sam’s Road

Spacing.ca: “Avenue Road is the enduring legacy of Sam Cass. Very enduring.”

Spacing.ca: Council will need to decide if Sam Cass and Fred Gardiner’s 1950s vision should rule the Toronto of today or if it’s time to heed the call of residents who want to reclaim their streets and rebuild them according to 21st century attitudes and priorities.

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Making Avenue Road humane and efficient

Making Avenue Road humane and efficient

The Star: 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, especially for seniors, people with strollers, and people with accessibility issues.

Avenue Road is not safe for anyone now.

This redesign put forward by local residents and the Avenue Road Safety Coalition looks fabulous.
A better road design, with wider sidewalks, more green space, and lower speed limits, will make Avenue Road safer for everyone.

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High-speed Avenue Road to become a linear park

High-speed Avenue Road to become a linear park

Toronto Urbanized: “ …reverse the dramatic road widening of the 1950s that narrowed sidewalks and uprooted trees”

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Too fast. Too furious. We have a solution.

Too Fast. Too Furious.
The Avenue Road Safety Coalition has a solution.

READ MORE HERE