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Canada ‘It’s time to declare a state of emergency’: Anger, calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets

21:10  13 june  2018
21:10  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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“I am calling for a state of emergency , which “The impact is literally life and death — people are dying horribly violent, bloody brutal deaths unnecessarily because it seems we lack the political will to implement solutions,’ said Spieker, a member of advocacy group Friends and Families for Safe Streets .

Several prominent urban planners and politicians called for change on Wednesday, the day after the latest death of a pedestrian or cyclist on city streets . ginger666 It ' s been a long day today.. Cheers.

A female cyclist was killed after being struck by a truck at Bloor St. W. and St. George St. on Tuesday afternoon.© Lucas Oleniuk A female cyclist was killed after being struck by a truck at Bloor St. W. and St. George St. on Tuesday afternoon.

Toronto is being urged to declare a state of emergency after the death of a 58-year-old cyclist, the latest in a wave of fatalities on city streets this week.

“Tragedy on Toronto’s streets, again,” Jennifer Keesmaat, the city’s former chief planner, wrote in a series of tweets reacting to the woman’s death.

“It’s too much to take. It’s unbearable. It’s time to declare a State of Emergency, and immediately begin with the basics. First step is to lower speed limits and enforce them. The game playing — pretending we don’t know what to do — must stop,” she wrote.

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A surge in cyclists and pedestrians dying on Toronto streets is triggering demands that Mayor John Tory, city council and the Ontario government act …

In a grim day of announcements Tuesday, Toronto police reported the deaths of three cyclists or pedestrians in three separate incidents.

A cyclist was killed riding in the Annex at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday when she collided with a flatbed truck at Bloor St., W. and St. George St. The driver remained on the scene.

Toronto police also announced Tuesday the death of a 36-year-old cyclist who was hit on May 15 on Lake Shore Blvd. He died from his injuries last week.

Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who killed a woman at Briar Hill Ave. and Dufferin St. on Monday at 3 p.m.

Since the unveiling of Vision Zero two years ago Wednesday — a plan to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2021 — 93 pedestrians or cyclists have died on the streets of Toronto, according to data compiled by police and the Toronto Star.

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‘ It ’ s time to declare a state of emergency ’: Anger , calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets . An all-season cyclist for the past 15 years, Williams said she has experienced collisions and close calls .

‘ It ’ s time to declare a state of emergency ’: Anger , calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets . Cyclist struck and killed in Markham. Mayor Tory announced Vision Zero two years ago Wednesday.

“If this is what #VisionZero looks like, then we need a new vision,” tweeted Shauna Brail, director of urban studies at the University of Toronto.

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In a story for the medium.com, U of T professor and urban planning researcher Richard Florida wrote that Toronto’s rate of pedestrian deaths is 1.6 per 100,000, which is  worse than Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo.

“Toronto’s killing fields. It will only get worse,” Florida tweeted.

Florida expressed anger at the political inaction.

“I have never ever seen a culture of neglect & ‘no’ like this. It may sound strange, but ‘feels’ similar to how Americans fail to deal w guns,” he tweeted.

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Richard Florida 14d ago. Time to declare a state of emergency based on Toronto ' s cycling and pedestrian deaths - @TorontoStar.

‘ It ’ s time to declare a state of emergency ’: Anger , calls for change follow deaths on Toronto streets . Several prominent urban planners and politicians called for change on Wednesday, the day after the latest death of a pedestrian or cyclist on city streets .

Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) wrote in a series of tweets Wednesday morning that “the carnage must stop.”

“If we are committed to #VisionZero then we redesign all our streets to move people safely,” Cressey tweeted. “No more delays in building the cycling grid, debates over whether bike lanes should be on main streets, or pushback on lowering speed limits.

“93 pedestrians & cyclists have been killed on Toronto streets in the last 2 years. Meanwhile, at City Council we have to fight (& often lose) to lower speed limits, install new traffic lights, & build separated bike lanes on main streets. #VisionZero — not in Toronto. #ZeroVision,” he wrote.

Councillor Mike Layton also called for swift action from city council.

“Planned improvements to separation, accessibility and intersections on Bloor needs to happen faster,” he tweeted. “I hope council supports these efforts without hesitation or delay. #VisionZeroTO

On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory tweeted that his thoughts were with the family and friends of the 58-year-old cyclist who died and that he was “determined to do all we can to make our streets safer.”

That tweet was followed by several responses calling for Tory to outline specific measures to address the deaths.

“I’m frustrated and angry that politicians extend their thoughts and prayers, but fail to implement adequate protections for cyclists and pedestrians,” tweeted Steve Masse. “I’m done with the excuses. #cycleto

The carnage in the GTA, wasn’t restricted to Toronto. A 47-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle in Markham on Tuesday afternoon.

This Toronto cyclist caught his hit-and-run on video. It was the beginning of his frustrations .
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