Toronto To Narrow Traffic Lanes In Hopes Of Increasing Safety
The city is planning to narrow a number of city streets in a bid to increase safety.
The idea would be to bring down speeds while creating more space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.
The plan will be rolled out gradually over a number of years meaning the lanes on many streets will have be repainted.
A city official said current widths can encourage drivers to go faster than necessary.
Once the lanes have been narrowed sidewalks might be widened or in other places the extra space may be given over to cyclists or a median.
In some cases if a lot of space is left over, more parking or left turn lanes might be considered.
The default width for curb lanes will be 3.2 or 4.3 metres while through lanes will be 3 or 3.2 metres.
There will be exceptions for buses as some TTC vehicles are as wide as 2.97 metres. Those lanes would be a minimum of 3.3 metres wherever possible.
The city’s transportation department has been working on the new policy for nearly a year.
Is this an idiotic idea that will increase carnage on the streets of Toronto? If you could do one thing to improve traffic flow or safety on city streets, what would it be?