TORONTO — The City of Toronto has started installing 53 new Senior Safety Zones across the city at locations identified as having a significant senior population.
They are expected to be completed this fall. The new zones will be in addition to the 12 locations installed last year.
Senior Safety Zones are part of the city’s $109-million Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, a pledge to improve safety across the city using a data-driven and targeted approach, focusing on locations where improvements are needed most, states a release issued by the City of Toronto.
The new zones include traffic safety measures designed to raise the visibility of seniors and give them extended crossing time to safely cross the street.
The zones will be retrofitted with new safety signs, enhanced pavement markings and extended traffic signal walk times, adds the release. Further work will include detailed engineering reviews to consider additional safety measures that could include reduced crossing distances, traffic calming and the designation as a community safety zone.
“Senior Safety Zones are one of many countermeasures in a multi-faceted plan that we are implementing to make our streets safer for the most vulnerable road users,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
A list of the new Senior Safety Zone locations is available at Toronto.ca.