Neil Loewen, one of the researchers who worked on TCAT’s book Complete Street Transformations in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, was interviewed in Metro about how he would rebuild one of Toronto’s one of the most dangerous intersections in suburban Toronto: Birchmount Road and Scarden Avenue in Scarborough.
If the city wants to get serious about pedestrian safety, it should put streets like Birchmount on a “road diet,” Loewen said. Removing a lane of traffic from the street and narrowing the existing lanes could free up space for more pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, he said, while also slowing down traffic – thereby reducing the chance of a fatal collision. “Changing the speed limit is one thing, but the design of the road is also important,” he said.
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