Bill Saundercook (co-chair of the Pedestrian Committee) is proposing lowering limits to 30 km/h to make things safer for pedestrians, as well as having a pilot project in front of Union Station with the 30 km/h limit and all "traffic controls" removed:
Bill Saundercook intends to put his idea before the next meeting of the City Hall's pedestrian committee.
"When you start seeing the (pedestrian) fatalities across Toronto, and you start studying where they're occurring, then you're going to see in the suburbs of Toronto ... where we have posted 60 km/h speed limits and in some places even as much as 70, that whenever there's an accident in those areas, it's usually a fatality," he said yesterday.
"You don't want people to say, 'I'm not going to walk because it's too risky.' "
Saundercook is also proposing a pilot project near Union Station that would see speed limits reduced to 30 km/h, and pedestrian traffic controls removed.
"Make it a zone where any vehicles that are travelling in that area have to go 30 km/h or less and let the people cross the roads, making their judgement whether they can go in front or behind that vehicle," Saundercook said, arguing it would reduce the large groups of traffic-clogging pedestrians crossing streets near Union Station.