Pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable travellers on the road network. The rates of injuries they sustain are higher compared to other modes of travel. More than 90% of pedestrian collisions and more than 80% of cyclist collisions result in injuries or fatalities.
To keep pedestrians and cyclists safe, drivers need to take extra care, especially when travelling through school areas, residential areas and near playgrounds.
York Region continues to identify strategies and measures to change driver behaviour and stop speeding.
Lower Speed Limits on Regional roads
In May 2022, York Regional Council approved reducing speed limits on 11 sections of Regional roads.
The 11 sections of Regional roads with decreased speed limits are:
- Yonge Street from Olive Street/Beckett Avenue to Queensville Sideroad – 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr
- Doane Road from 2nd Concession Road to Leslie Street – 70 km/hr to 60 km/hr
- Mount Albert Road from Leslie Street to 100 metres east of Colonel Wayling Boulevard – 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr
- Leslie Street/The Queensway South from 244 metres south of Ravenshoe Road to 80 metres south of Joe Dale Drive – 70 km/hr to 60 km/hr
- Leslie Street from 840 metres south of Holborn Road to 244 metres south of Ravenshoe Road – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr
- Park Road from Highway 48 to 800 metres south of Highway 48 – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr
- Highway 7 from Highway 50 to Vaughan Valley Boulevard – 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr
- Highway 27 from Highway 7 to 500 metres south of Nashville Road – 70 km/hr to 60 km/hr
- Highway 27 from 300 metres north of Hedgerow Lane to King-Vaughan Road – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr
- Weston Road from Teston Road to King-Vaughan Road – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr
- Jane Street from 671 metres north of Teston Road to King-Vaughan Road – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr
Several factors are considered when annually reviewing and revising speed limits on Regional roads, including:
- Adjusting speeds in areas with new community growth and increasing traffic volumes
- Reducing frequent changes to speed limits on a stretch of road to reduce confusion and increase compliance
- Revising speeds to allow drivers to have an appropriate time to react to potential hazards
To notify travellers of the speed limit changes, “New” signs will be posted above the speed limit signs at the beginning of each changed speed zone.
Drivers, slow down and watch for cyclists
There are more cyclists on the roads in August and September. Drivers, please slow down.
The cycling community continues to grow in York Region. Residents and visitors are riding for purpose and pleasure - enjoying the Region’s protected and on-road bike lanes, multi-use paths, trails and shared roadways.
Road safety measures continue to be a priority. In 2020, cyclists sustained injuries in 84% of all cyclist collisions. Drivers need to slow down and watch for cyclists, especially at intersections and when it’s necessary to enter or cross a bike lane. More than 80% of cyclist collisions occur at intersections where vehicles are turning. This is due to high cyclist presence and a high occurrence of conflict points between vehicles and cyclists.
For cyclists that are riding for the first time or tuning up the reliable 10-speed, these important steps will make for a safer trip.
- Equipping bicycles to meet Ontario law requirements
- Wearing a properly fitting helmet
- Using hand signals
- Checking over shoulders
- Scanning intersections
- Proceeding only when it’s safe
- Maintaining a safe distance
For cycling information and safety tips visit york.ca/cycling
Visit the Ministry of Transportation Ontario website for resources on sharing the road with cyclists and other road users.
Additional Road Safety Measures
- Working in partnership with towns and cities to pilot pavement markings that raise motorist awareness, including “Slow School Zone” markings
- Implementing no right turn on red restrictions and protected left turns at priority intersections
- Collaborating with York Regional Police, local municipalities, Public Health and Public School Boards to address the traveller safety experience
- Implementing Automated Speed Enforcement
- Revising speed limits for growing communities and safe travel
- Continuing the Red Light Camera program
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists - Be aware of one another, obey traffic rules and make eye contact
According to the Regional Municipality of York’s most recent statistics, more than one third of collisions are caused by acts of aggressive driving, including following too close, exceeding speed limit, speed too fast for condition, improper passing and improper lane change.
Did you know?
- More than 90% of all collisions involving pedestrians and more than 80% of all collisions involving cyclists result in injuries or fatalities
- Pedestrians and cyclist collisions primarily occur at signalized intersections
- About 50% of collisions with pedestrians and cyclists are caused by drivers failing to yield
- Pedestrians and cyclist collisions involving a turning vehicle make up 62% of all collisions