Controversial Info Pillar Placement Guidelines to be improved

Thanks to Gord Brown and other pedestrian advocates, there is some good news to report about concerns expressed regarding the placement of the new info pillars on Toronto sidewalks.

On April 23, 2012 the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) recommended the following:

  • That Principle 4 be removed from the recently proposed InfoPillar Placement Guidelines that would would have permitted special exceptions for the InfoPillars to be placed within the Pedestrian Clearway, contravening the previously approved Vibrant Streets Guidelines.
  • That Principle 3 be strengthened – clarifying that placement in furnishing zone (outside of the Pedestrian Clearway) be required, not optional.
  • Adding additional restrictions with regard to sightlines and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • Specifying maximum concentration in any Ward.

The recommendations have been referred back to Transportation Services for consideration who will report back to PWIC, probably at their May 16th meeting. The full committee decision document can be viewed here.

Posted On: April 25, 2012