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RSS FeedsHundreds of kilometres of Toronto roads lack sidewalks, and lots of people like it that way
(The Star Canada)

 
 

20 july 2019 20:57:00

 
Hundreds of kilometres of Toronto roads lack sidewalks, and lots of people like it that way
(The Star Canada)
 




On a warm summer day, the Humber Valley Village neighbourhood in central Etobicoke can feel a long way from the noise and traffic that define much of Toronto.Its quiet winding streets slope up and down gentle hills, and are lined with leafy trees and stately old houses. But there’s something else about the neighbourhood that gives it a distinct pastoral feel: the village’s residential streets are among the 800 kilometres of local roads in Toronto that don’t have sidewalks. Despite warnings from experts that sidewalks are essential for ensuring pedestrian safety, plenty of local residents like the neighbourhood just the way it is. “I certainly wouldn’t want one on my street,” said Anne Legris Anderson, president of the Humber Valley Village Residents Association, about the possibility of sidewalks coming to the community.She said she doesn’t oppose sidewalks everywhere, and believes they would make many streets safer. But she lives on Elstree Rd., a side street a little more than 200 metres long that can easily go more than 30 minutes without a driver passing through. With so little traffic, she said she doesn’t see a need for a sidewalk, and worries the city installing one would be intrusive.“It’s a narrow street, and essentially (a sidewalk) would go across my front lawn,” she argued.Read more:Editorial | Toronto should speed up on Vision Zero‘You hesitate, you lose lives’: Toronto votes for more aggressive Vision Zero road safety planToronto mayor vows pedestrian safety plan will save lives. Advocates say it’s too timidThe question of where to build new sidewalks put Humber Valley Village and communities like it at the centre of a city hall debate last week about whether Toronto is doing all it can to make its streets safe. On Tuesday, council approved Vision Zero 2.0, a reboot of the road safety plan the city launched in 2016 amid mounting concern about traffic fatalities.Unde ...
 
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