Toronto's commitment to being a Barrier Free City means sidewalks must become accessible for all users of all abilities.
In 2017, accessibility advocates along with Councillor Wong-Tam pushed the city to provide a minimum straight 2.1 m. sidewalk width for busy pedestrian sidewalks. In a city like Toronto, being able to comfortably use a mobility device, wheelchair, walk with a guide dog, shopping bags or with children in a large stroller should not be a struggle. This can be challenging, especially on sidewalks cluttered with street signs, street furniture and outdoor patios that can encroach into that minimum 2.1 metre pedestrian space.
The City of Toronto's Licensing and Standards and Public Works and Infrastructure Committees met on December 4, 2017 and unfortunately voted to refer this request back to city staff to further study this "impact" on businesses.
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Founded in 2013, Walk Toronto is a grassroots, pedestrian advocacy group focused on creating safe streets for everyone. They work with various levels of government, community groups, and citizens to improve walking conditions and safety in Toronto.
Their dynamic pedestrian advocacy work includes promoting walking as a serious transportation option, increasing accessibility and providing support to projects which create interesting and amenity-rich pedestrian environments. They have been vocal supporters of the Transform Yonge project, and the annual active living event, Open Streets.
Walk Toronto is a vital partner in the Sidewalks for All campaign, which seeks to ensure a 2.1 meter pedestrian clearway on busy Toronto sidewalks. They are also strong advocates of Vision Zero, the City's road safety plan intended to eliminate pedestrian traffic fatalities. Walk Toronto has recently partnered with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, 8-80 Cities, Cycle Toronto, and Friends and Families for Safe Streets to launch #BuildTheVisionTO: Safe and Active Streets for All, a set of 15 priorities for building streets where people of all ages and abilities can get around 'actively, sustainably and safely."
To learn more about Walk Toronto, or to join their membership. Please visit their website at www.walktoronto.ca