CNIB Responds to City of Toronto King Street Pilot

5/30/2017

TORONTO, ON – CNIB has released its response to the City of Toronto's King Street Pilot, calling for the City to ensure the design considers the needs of pedestrians with sight loss. The City of Toronto recently held its second public consultation meeting on the King Street Pilot, which will redesign King Street between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street in Toronto.

The pilot has three main aims:
  1. Move people efficiently
  2. Improve place-making
  3. Support economic prosperity
After reviewing the City's proposals, CNIB has the following comments on how the Pilot would affect our community.
  • We approve of the recommendations to move streetcar stops closer to the curbside. When pedestrians step across a lane of traffic to board the streetcar, they risk being hit by drivers who are distracted or attempt to speed up to pass the streetcar before it stops. Moving the streetcar stops closer to the curb will mean that people who cannot see oncoming traffic can board the streetcar more safely and confidently.
  • While it is good news that motor vehicles cannot travel alongside the curbside lane (between the streetcar and the curb), it is important for the City to consider pedestrian safety when allowing bicycles to travel there. The City needs to ensure that design features keep pedestrians safe, particularly those who cannot see cyclists that may be distracted or disregard traffic laws.
  • Painting a mural in the curbside lane to mark where the TTC stop or transit boarding point is will assist people with low vision to see the where to board transit (90 per cent of people who are blind or partially sighted have some degree of vision). The City of Toronto should consider making these murals in high contrast colours. The murals should also be accompanied by tactile indicators for people who cannot see the mural. 
Get involved!

The City wants to hear the public's feedback as the implementation plan is developed. It's important that our community's voice is heard, so that the redesign of King Street is safe and accessible for people who are blind and partially sighted.

You can give your feedback directly to the City of Toronto via this online survey, which closes June 10, 2017.

For full information about the Pilot, please see the King Street Pilot page on the City of Toronto's website.

About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca/ontario or call the toll-free CNIB Contact Centre at 1-800-563-2642.

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For more information, please contact:
Kat Clarke
Specialist, Advocacy & Community Impact, CNIB
416-486-2500 ext. 7651
advocacy@cnib.ca

For media enquiries, please contact:
Shannon Simpson, Manager, Communications, CNIB Ontario
1-888-233-1232 ext. 5147
shannon.simpson@cnib.ca

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