Traffic, Transit and Transportation

Traffic, Transit and Transportation

23 Parking Spaces on St. Helens Avenue [ADV]

Residents have contacted our office requesting we review a
loading zone on St. Helens Avenue. Following these requests, I issued a review of the street, to identify new spaces for residents to park. The result of this study was that by switching parking to the west side of the street, we could secure 23additional parking spaces.

Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras [AM]

Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law, and it is far too common to see drivers risk their lives and the lives of others by speeding on our streets. To help change this culture, the City has received provincial approval to use Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras in community safety zones near schools. The City has been utilizing 50 cameras across the City (two per Ward), choosing locations based on traffic and speeding data. During their first two weeks of operation, ASEs around Toronto issued over 7,600 tickets. This is an important new program that I hope we can expand throughout the ward and city to create safer streets. In October, we will see the Ward 9 ASEs relocated to Laughton Avenue near Talbot Street and Ruskin Avenue west of Perth Avenue.

You can learn more about this program at

Bike Share 2020 Expansion [AM]
Bike Share has conducted their annual expansion, branching further north in our Ward and providing more stations in the highest use communities. In Ward 9, we have 9 new stations:

JJP Community Centre
Lisgar Park
Lisgar and Sudbury
Sheridan and Dundas
St. Helens and College
Bloor and Emerson
Wallace and Pauline
160 Geary Ave
Davenport and Symington

Bloor West Bikeway Expansion [AM]
The expansion of the Bloor West Bikeway is an important cycling route, connecting people from Runnymede Road into the heart of the city. While this project was originally scheduled for 2022, I worked with the City's cycling staff and my Councillor colleagues along the route to expedite the construction. This project is nearing completion and creates a safe, connected and separated bikeway. I want to thank the community and local businesses for their input through the extensive consultation processes to make sure local needs were taken into account.

Dovercourt Road Reconstruction [ES]
Work has begun on the reconstruction of Dovercourt Road, including the replacement of substandard watermains. This work is being completed in two phases, first from College Street to Dundas Street, then from Dundas Street to Queen Street. This work will be followed by road reconstruction including beautification and the installation of speed humps for traffic calming, as requested by the community during consultations last year. More information on this project can be found at

Wallace Emerson Traffic Management Committee [ADV]
In 2019, I began discussions with residents in the Wallace Emerson community about traffic concernswhich had been expressed. In order to address these concerns, we created the Wallace Emerson Traffic Management Committee, which included local residents, Traffic Operations staff from the City and my office. Together, we looked at a wide range of options to make this community safer, including changing parking regulations, changing street directions and installing speed bumps. When we brought these ideas back to the community for their input, they received overwhelming support. With that support, I brought these recommendations forward at Toronto City Hall for approval in March. These improvements include:

The installation of speed humps on Wallace Avenue, St Clarens Avenue and Millicent Street
Changing the direction of St Clarens Avenue and Emerson Avenue between Paton Road and Wallace Avenue
The addition of a planter and zebra crosswalk markings at Paton Road and Emerson Avenue
The addition of planters and staggered parking along Wallace Avenue
The addition of speed bumps on public lane between Millicent and Lappin

These improvements are scheduled for implementation in Spring 2021.

Oakwood Cycling Connection [AM]
Having safe, connected and convenient cycling routes in the city is important, but it is equally as important that we properly consult with the local communities. Due to COVID-19, we have been unable to adequately consult on this project to move forward for the 2020 year. There have been a number of concerns raised by the community that we need to address before construction. We will be reaching out to the community again about consultation soon.

Peel Gladstone Reconstruction [ES]
After numerous public consultations, the final design for this reconstruction has been completed. This project will include pedestrian and cycling improvements, as well as numerous green street features. I want to thank everyone who participated in the consultations and helped to move this project forward.
The work is scheduled to begin in 2021, and the City will be delivering construction notices in advance.

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