Lawrence Park Environmental Assessment study response regarding pedestrian safety

On May 29, 2015 TCAT made a joint response with Walk Toronto on the recommended solutions for the Lawrence Park Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study in relation to their impact on pedestrian safety.

Of the 18 proposed alternatives, 13 do not provide sidewalks. The remaining five alternatives recommend one sidewalk only. Our feedback on the preliminary preferred alternatives included:

  1. Pedestrian safety: despite the fact that one of the three stated goals of the EA is to improve pedestrian safety, a significant majority (72%) of the 18 proposed alternatives do not provide any sidewalks at all, the most minimum and basic requirement to protect our most vulnerable road users.
  2. Impact to street trees: The choice as posed is either a) improved pedestrian safety or b) retaining trees, when in fact there are many proposed uses that would impact on the loss of trees, and the actual impact on trees of installing a sidewalk is minimal.
  3. Adhering to City policy: The City policy for residential roadways is to have a sidewalk on at least one side of local streets and on both sides of collector roads. The majority of the proposed alternatives do not adhere to City policy.

Read the full submission here.

Posted On: May 29, 2015