No Right Turns on Red Lights – Toronto Streets

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See a story on “Bike Boxes” in the Star.

No Right Turn On Red and Bike Boxes:
At its meeting on June 22, 2010 Toronto and East York Community Council will consider a staff report to implement “No Right Turn on Red” regulations at the following intersections, which relates to the introduction of bike boxes and a pedestrian priority phase (a pedestrian ‘scramble’ signal for all pedestrians to cross in all directions):

  • College Street and Spadina Avenue;
  • College Street and St. George/Beverley Street;
  • Harbord Street and Spadina Avenue;
  • Harbord Street/Hoskin Avenue and St. George Street; and
  • Bloor Street West and Bay Street.
  • The City of Toronto will consider these proposals and vote on them, at its 51st meeting, when City Council meets on July 6 & 7, 2010.

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    At its 34th meeting on June 15, 2010, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee considered a staff report looking at the following:

    Seven new bikeway trail projects are being designed and constructed this year as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and Ontario Recreation (Ontario REC) program.  The construction of these trail projects located in three major corridors (Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside Rail Corridor) will result in approximately 30 kilometres of new trails and 4 kilometres of upgraded trails across the North York and Scarborough Districts.  Providing safe and convenient roadway crossings along these trails is essential to the successful operation of the trail system.  Accordingly, Transportation Services is requesting authority to install thirteen (13) mid-block traffic control signals at arterial and collector road crossings along these three corridors.  In addition, authority is sought for highway alterations to enhance safety at five (5) uncontrolled crossing locations where the bikeway trails cross local and collector roads.

    This report is being submitted to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee because the Bikeway Network is a city-wide project and the traffic control signals and highway alterations that are being recommended for these bikeway trail projects span two Community Council districts – North York and Scarborough.

    The estimated cost of installing the 13 new traffic control signals is $1,300,000.00. The estimated cost of narrowing the roadway at the five uncontrolled mid-block crossings is $200,000.00. Funding for the design and construction of these bikeway trail projects, including the trail-road crossings, is available in the Transportation Services Division’s Approved 2010 Capital Budget and 2011-2019 Capital Plan.

    This is the Agenda for the June 15, 2010 Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting:

    PW34.9ACTIONWard: 8, 10, 23, 25, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43
    Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Bikeway Network Trail Projects
    Origin
    (May 27, 2010) Report from General Manager, Transportation Services
    Recommendations
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

    1.         City Council approve the installation of traffic control signals at the following locations along the Gatineau and Finch Hydro Corridors and the CN Leaside Rail Corridor Bikeway Trails, as shown in Appendices 1-A to 1-F of the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services:

    a.         Pharmacy Avenue, approximately 115 metres north of Rannock Street;

    b.         Warden Avenue, approximately 260 metres north of Bertrand Avenue;

    c.         Bellamy Road, approximately 100 metres south of Jarwick Drive;

    d.         Markham Road, approximately 290 metres south of Brimorton Drive;

    e.         Scarborough Golf Club Road, approximately 190 metres south of Ellesmere Road;

    f.          Norfinch Drive, approximately 525 metres north of Finch Avenue West;

    g.         York Gate Boulevard, approximately 345 metres north of Finch Avenue West;

    h.         Bathurst Street, approximately 65 metres south of Kenton Drive;

    i.          Grantbrook Street, approximately 60 metres north of Blake Avenue;

    j.          Talbot Road, approximately 23 metres north of Blake Avenue;

    k.         Midland Avenue, approximately 215 metres south of McNicoll Avenue;

    l.          Kennedy Road, approximately 195 metres south of McNicoll Avenue; and

    m.        Lawrence Avenue East, approximately 130 metres east of Leslie Street.

    2.         City Council approve the highway alterations to narrow the pavement width to 7.0 metres at the following mid-block crossing locations along the Gatineau and Finch Hydro Corridor Bikeway Trails, including no stopping regulations abutting the narrowed sections of roadway, as shown in Appendices 2, 3 and 4-A to 4-E of the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services:

    a.         Crockford Boulevard, from a point 65 metres south of Minford Avenue to a point 60 metres further south;

    b.         Benshire Drive, from a point 80 metres south of Bellechasse Street to a point 60 metres further south;

    c.         Daventry Road, from a point 102 metres south of Dolly Varden Boulevard to a point 60 metres further south;

    d.         Driftwood Avenue, from a point 40 metres north of Wilmont Drive to a point 60 metres further north; and

    e.         Tobermory Drive, from a point 130 metres north of Potsdam Road to a point 60 metres further north.

    3.         City Council approve no stopping regulations on the south and west side of Brimorton Drive from approximately 48 metres south and east of Gander Drive to a point 34 metres further south and east, as shown in Appendix 3 of the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

    4.         City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City Officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto, including the introduction of all necessary bills.

    Summary
    Seven new bikeway trail projects are being designed and constructed this year as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and Ontario Recreation (Ontario REC) program.  The construction of these trail projects located in three major corridors (Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside Rail Corridor) will result in approximately 30 kilometres of new trails and 4 kilometres of upgraded trails across the North York and Scarborough Districts.  Providing safe and convenient roadway crossings along these trails is essential to the successful operation of the trail system.  Accordingly, Transportation Services is requesting authority to install thirteen (13) mid-block traffic control signals at arterial and collector road crossings along these three corridors.  In addition, authority is sought for highway alterations to enhance safety at five (5) uncontrolled crossing locations where the bikeway trails cross local and collector roads.

    This report is being submitted to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee because the Bikeway Network is a city-wide project and the traffic control signals and highway alterations that are being recommended for these bikeway trail projects span two Community Council districts – North York and Scarborough.

    Financial Impact
    The estimated cost of installing the 13 new traffic control signals is $1,300,000.00. The estimated cost of narrowing the roadway at the five uncontrolled mid-block crossings is $200,000.00. Funding for the design and construction of these bikeway trail projects, including the trail-road crossings, is available in the Transportation Services Division’s Approved 2010 Capital Budget and 2011-2019 Capital Plan in the following Capital Accounts: CTP851-01, CTP851-02, CTP851-03, CTP851-05, CTP851-06 and CTP851-07.

    The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

    Background Information
    PW34.9-Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Bikeway Network Trail Projects – Staff Report
    (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-30661.pdf)
    PW34.9-Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Appendices 1A to 5
    (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-30688.pdf)

    Here is the Decision that the the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee made on June 15, 2010:

    PW34.9ACTIONAmendedWard: 8, 10, 23, 25, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43
    Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Bikeway Network Trail Projects
    Committee Recommendations
    The General Manager, Transportation Services, recommends that:

    1.         City Council approve the installation of traffic control signals at the following locations along the Gatineau and Finch Hydro Corridors and the CN Leaside Rail Corridor Bikeway Trails, as shown in Appendices 1-A to 1-F to the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services:

    a.         Pharmacy Avenue, approximately 115 metres north of Rannock Street;

    b.         Warden Avenue, approximately 260 metres north of Bertrand Avenue;

    c.         Bellamy Road, approximately 100 metres south of Jarwick Drive;

    d.         Markham Road, approximately 290 metres south of Brimorton Drive;

    e.          Brimorton Drive, south of Gander Drive;

    f.           Norfinch Drive, approximately 525 metres north of Finch Avenue West;

    g.         York Gate Boulevard, approximately 345 metres north of Finch Avenue West;

    h.         Bathurst Street, approximately 65 metres south of Kenton Drive;

    i.           Grantbrook Street, approximately 60 metres north of Blake Avenue;

    j.          Talbot Road, approximately 23 metres north of Blake Avenue;

    k.         Midland Avenue, approximately 215 metres south of McNicoll Avenue;

    l.          Kennedy Road, approximately 195 metres south of McNicoll Avenue; and

    m.        Lawrence Avenue East, approximately 130 metres east of Leslie Street.

    2.         City Council approve the highway alterations to narrow the pavement width to 7.0 metres at the following mid-block crossing locations along the Gatineau and Finch Hydro Corridor Bikeway Trails, including no stopping regulations abutting the narrowed sections of roadway, as shown in Revised Appendices 2, 3, 4-C and 4-E and in Appendices 4-A, 4-B and 4-D to the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services:

    a.         Crockford Boulevard, from a point 65 metres south of Minford Avenue to a point 60  metres further south;

    b.         Benshire Drive, from a point 80 metres south of Bellechasse Street to a point 60 metres further south;

    c.         Daventry Road, from a point 71 metres south of Dolly Varden Boulevard to a point 60 metres further south;

    d.         Driftwood Avenue, from a point 40 metres north of Wilmont Drive to a point 60 metres further north; and

    e.         Tobermory Drive, from a point 140 metres north of Potsdam Road to a point 60 metres further north.

    3.         City Council approve no stopping regulations on the south and west side of Brimorton Drive from approximately 48 metres south and east of Gander Drive to a point 34 metres further south and east, as shown in Revised Appendix 3 to the report (May 27, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

    4.         City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City Officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto, including the introduction of all necessary bills.

    Origin
    (May 27, 2010) Report from General Manager, Transportation Services
    Summary
    Seven new bikeway trail projects are being designed and constructed this year as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and Ontario Recreation (Ontario REC) program.  The construction of these trail projects located in three major corridors (Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside Rail Corridor) will result in approximately 30 kilometres of new trails and 4 kilometres of upgraded trails across the North York and Scarborough Districts.  Providing safe and convenient roadway crossings along these trails is essential to the successful operation of the trail system.  Accordingly, Transportation Services is requesting authority to install thirteen (13) mid-block traffic control signals at arterial and collector road crossings along these three corridors.  In addition, authority is sought for highway alterations to enhance safety at five (5) uncontrolled crossing locations where the bikeway trails cross local and collector roads.

    This report is being submitted to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee because the Bikeway Network is a city-wide project and the traffic control signals and highway alterations that are being recommended for these bikeway trail projects span two Community Council districts – North York and Scarborough.

    Background Information
    PW34.9-Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Bikeway Network Trail Projects – Staff Report
    (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-30661.pdf)
    PW34.9-Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Appendices 1A to 5
    (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-30688.pdf)
    PW34.9-Traffic Control Signals and Highway Alterations – Bikeway Network Trail Projects – Revised Appendices 2, 3, 4-C and 4-E
    (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2010/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-31452.pdf)

    Transportation Services is requesting authority from the City of Toronto, to install thirteen (13) mid-block traffic control signals at arterial and collector road crossings along these three corridors.  In addition, authority is sought for highway alterations to enhance safety at five (5) uncontrolled crossing locations where the bikeway trails cross local and collector roads. This will cost a total of 1.5 million dollars to complete.

    The City of Toronto will consider these proposals and vote on them, at its 51st meeting, when City Council meets on July 6 & 7, 2010.

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