Toronto City Councillor – Ward 44
Vision Zero Road Safety Plan Measures for 2017
Toronto City Council recently endorsed the five-year Road Safety Plan with the vision to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries to zero. The City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan will introduce 45 new or enhanced measures targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrians, school children, older adults, cyclists and aggressive and distracted driving.
The following list highlights some of the improvements scheduled to be implemented within the Ward 44 community in 2017:
Creation of Seniors Safety Zones – Will be created to raise awareness of and to curb aggressive driving in neighborhoods where there has been a history of fatal and serious injury collisions affecting older residents.
Road Safety Audits – In-depth investigations into locations where pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured to determine reasons for collisions and to make recommendations on appropriate safety improvements.
Geometric Safety Improvements at Intersections – One of these intersections, Morningside Drive and Ellesmere Road in the UTSC area will be realigned, reconfigured and/or modified to improve pedestrian safety.
Expansion of the School ‘Watch Your Speed’ Program – The speed radar signs aim to slow traffic on approaches to schools, making the crosswalks and routes to school safer for children.
Implementation of Increased Pedestrian Walk Times – As part of an ongoing program to increase pedestrian walk times City-wide, walk times will be increased at various locations in 2017.
For further details on the ‘Vision Zero Road Safety Plan’ visit the website at: toronto.ca/transportation/roadsafety
Rouge Hills GO Station & GO Electrification Expansion Project
Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency that manages public transport in the GTA region, has undertaken a project to expand and electrify the Lakeshore GO line. Part of this effort will include the addition of a third track and expansion/rebuild of the Rouge Hills GO station. Although this is a positive effort to improve transit service within the GTA, there are some concerns that could impact our local community.
The enhancement of the Rouge Hills GO station and the addition of a third track would mean the reduction of 171 parking spots in the main parking lot. Even though the total of the 3 current parking lots is not currently being utilized at full capacity, the reduction of parking spots poses a concern for any future growth. Should significant future growth occur beyond the available parking allotment, it could restrict convenient access to local residents and worst case scenario, possibly result in the addition of a multi-level parking facility that would likely be located in one of the existing 3 lots. With substantial future regional growth expected, I believe reducing parking spots is a short sighted option.
Another proposal of this project is to close the pedestrian access to the waterfront at the Chesterton Shores level crossing. A new tunnel connection access to the waterfront would be created via the GO station. Although eliminating the level crossing is a positive proposal from a safety viewpoint, it restricts access to the waterfront, particularly during busy commuter times. The community’s preferred option would be to build a dedicated pedestrian tunnel close to the existing level crossing or at some point just east of Chesterton Shores.
My office and the West Rouge Community Association (WRCA) have been working together on these concerns. We have met with Metrolinx representatives to look at options that would better accommodate the local residents who use this station and for those of you that regularly access our waterfront trails.
At this point, the provincial agency has reviewed these concerns; however, there have been no acceptable compromises offered to address the issues raised by the community. My office, along with the WRCA, will continue to advocate for a better plan.
For further details, please visit the project website at: www.metrolinx.com/en/regionalplanning/rer/guildwood-pickering.aspx
Ward 44 Community Clean Up Day
Toronto’s annual community clean up weekend returns this April. The spring clean up brings together local residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our neighbourhoods clean. The Corporate and School ’20 Minute Make-Over’ takes place on Friday, April 21 and the ‘Community Clean-Up Day’ takes place on Saturday, April 22.
Supplies will be available to volunteers at the following locations:
- Port Union Community Centre
- West Rouge Community Centre
- Wesleyan Cemetery in Highland Creek.
If there is a specific location you would like to target in our community, residents can also register, beginning at: livegreentoronto.ca
Other important upcoming dates:
June 17, 2017 – Highland Creek Heritage Day & Parade
June 24, 2017 – Port Union Waterfront Festival
September 9, 2017 – Ward 44 Community Environment Day
As many of you are aware, I have been battling Lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. After undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, I am grateful to report the treatment has been successful in supressing the cancer. Although there have been some problematic side effects, my doctors are optimistic about a full recovery.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many residents who expressed their support and positive thoughts, and who also shared with me their personal stories of dealing with cancer. I would also like to thank the medical staff at Scarborough General and Sunnybrook Hospital for their dedication and professionalism.
Please remember, if you have any questions or concerns relating to municipal issues please drop by my ward office in the Centennial Plaza or give us a call. You can also get regular updates on my website at: www.ronmoeser.ca
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