Safer Streets Header Other Safety Measures

Other solutions that narrow the width of the road may also act to slow traffic. Some, such as bike lanes, can be placed on arterial roadways. Potential interventions include:

Example of a bike laneExample of sidewalk
1. Bike lanes 2. Sidewalk
A designated space on the road for use by
people on bicycles. It can be separated from
motor vehicle traffic with paint, posts, or other
A sidewalk provides dedicated space for
pedestrians to separate them from motor
vehicle traffic. Many local streets in Toronto
do not have sidewalks.
ContraflowExample of a Parklet
3. Contra-flow bike lanes 4. Parklets
A bike lane added to a one-way street to
allow cyclists to travel in the opposite direction to motor-vehicle traffic, creating a two-way route for cyclists.
Parking or travel lanes can be turned into
miniature parks using planters, street
furniture, or other materials.


Getting a Sidewalk

Some streets near schools may not have sidewalks. You can request a new sidewalk in a school zone by emailing Staff will evaluate the request for a sidewalk by considering safety issues, traffic volume, proximity to schools, and connectivity. They will also consider landscaping, drainage, and utilities to determine whether a new sidewalk will be built.

Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools