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CanadaShe did ‘everything correctly.’ Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘horrifying’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm

19:55  25 may  2019
19:55  25 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘ horrifying ’ video of pedestrian crash raises She even pointed at the direction she was about to cross . In a video first obtained by Newstalk 1010 “This woman did absolutely everything right. She pressed the button, she waited, she led with her

Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘ horrifying ’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm . 19:55 25 may 2019. In a video first obtained by Newstalk 1010, the female pedestrian appears to follow all the rules as she starts to walk across a crosswalk in Etobicoke.

She did ‘everything correctly.’ Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘horrifying’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited In a still from a video first obtained by Newstalk 1010, a female pedestrian appears to lead with her finger as she begins to walk across a crosswalk in Etobicoke on Wednesday.

She pressed the button and looked both ways. She even pointed at the direction she was about to cross.

In a video first obtained by Newstalk 1010, the female pedestrian appears to follow all the rules as she starts to walk across a crosswalk in Etobicoke.

But that didn’t stop her from being hit by the driver of a minivan Wednesday afternoon.

The disturbing video of the woman getting hit at a dedicated pedestrian crosswalk sparked outrage and alarm from many, after it was posted Thursday.

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The specific alignment of the QueensWay in this area would be dependent upon discussions with the City and Logan Bus. Forest View Crescent Parking Lot Currently, the Forest View Crescent apartments parking lot that is leased from the City runs across the future QueensWay area.

Sean Marshall, who is one of the co-founders of Walk Toronto, a pedestrian safety advocacy group, said the woman did “everything correctly,” before she was hit on The Queensway at Milton St., a stretch of road he called unsafe for pedestrians.

In a 2017 report, city staff said the button-activated crosswalk at that intersection, as well as another a few blocks west, had failed safety audits and were “no longer environmentally suitable for pedestrian crossovers,” citing the speed of vehicles on The Queensway.

Council later approved a plan to replace both crosswalks with traffic lights.

The woman hit in the video was taken to hospital in serious condition, said deputy commander Sandra McLeod of Toronto paramedics.

Mayor John Tory called the video “horrifying” and said he and Etobicoke—Lakeshore councillor Mark Grimes will ask city staff to complete the installation of lights.

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Walk Toronto's Dylan Reid is quoted in this CBC story about the higher risk of pedestrian death and injury in lower-income neighbourhoods of Toronto (which includes a useful Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘ horrifying ’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm | The Star.

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“Drivers must not drive recklessly, and, secondly, have to keep an eye out. They have the principle responsibility,” Tory said.

“There’s going to be not one, but two signals installed in that stretch, and if they have to put in temporary signals to restore order ….”

In an email statement, city spokesperson Eric Holmes told the Star the city is looking into an interim solution, but the installation of the traffic signals would not take place until 2021 or 2022, as the project is being planned “in coordination with other capital construction work in the immediate area.

These button-activated crosswalks that light up to tell drivers to stop for a crossing pedestrian are what the city calls pedestrian crossovers.

The city says it regularly conducts safety audits of Toronto’s 478 pedestrian crossovers, which it says are intended for low-speed and low to medium-volume streets.

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She did ‘ everything correctly .’ Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘ horrifying ’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm . And streets like this in Scarborough are where 40 per cent of pedestrian fatalities happened last year, the highest rate of collision, injury, and death

A time lapse video showing pedestrians crossing at Vancouver's new four-way crosswalk at the corner of Robson and Hornby streets. She did ‘ everything correctly .’ Mayor issues call to replace Queensway crosswalk after ‘ horrifying ’ video of pedestrian crash raises alarm .

“Crossovers generally speaking [are] unsafe. People either aren’t paying attention, are distracted when they’re driving, or fail to observe the flashing signals,” said Kyle Ashley, a safe streets advocate and former parking officer with the Toronto Police Service.

Ashley, who is also a bike ambassador for Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, called the video “shockingly terrifying” and “gut-wrenching.”

“This woman did absolutely everything right. She pressed the button, she waited, she led with her finger and she crossed the street and got hit by a driver and went flying,” said Ashley.

According to the advocate, the number one solution the city can apply to keep people safe is to reduce speed limits across the city.

“No pedestrian has ever killed a motorist from crossing the street,” said Ashley.

The safe streets advocate said there’s no advice he would give to pedestrians to avoid a collision such as this. However, he does say that pedestrians should be more vocal at city hall — and to drivers when they are cut off.

According to the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan, 15 per cent of pedestrian-vehicle collisions occurred at crossovers in the last five years.

Marshall says that stretch along The Queensway sees substantial traffic due to the nearby Ontario Food Terminal and from industrial zones and high-density residential development in the The Queensway-Humber Bay neighbourhood.

Despite the 50 km/h speed limit, “motorists exceed that by a significant amount. And what you have is a roadway that encourages quick speeds,” Marshall says.

With files from Emma Sandri

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