the intersection. "It doesn't bring Doug back but it will make it safer for
Most of the changes to the intersection of Dundas Street East and Jones Avenue
will be going ahead without a need for Toronto Council’s approval – but on
Sept. 16, the Toronto and East York Community Council recommended the approval
of a restriction of right turns on a red light.
“Council has to approve that,” said local Ward 14 (Toronto Danforth) Coun. Paula
Fletcher following the vote at community council. “But the rest of this has been
done by staff.”
The relatively narrow intersection will see numerous changes designed to
prevent the kind of mishap that left the 54-year-old cyclist dead on his way
to work May 16, 2018. Crosbie had been cycling westbound, and was struck by a
westbound truck turning right, across the bike lane. Fletcher had put a motion
through Toronto Council in 2018 to look at turning the intersection into a
so-called “Dutch” intersection, that would see four islands created at
intersections to prevent cars from entering into the bike lane. That plan
proved to be impossible because of the relatively narrow roadways, but staff
have implemented several changes. Under the new plan, the city will install
planters or flexible bollards between the cycle lane and traffic on Dundas,
and vehicles will have to stop further back than the edge of the intersection.
Traffic lanes will be narrowed and the bike lanes will be widened, and there
will be some changes to TTC bus stop locations on Jones Avenue.
The right-turn restrictions will go into place if and when council approves
the change. Fletcher said the changes at Jones and Dundas could inform other
improvements to cycling safety in the east end.
“I would like to see if there’s ways of making these lanes even better,”
she said. “What I have seen in my time representing the community is that
the intersections are where the flashpoints are for cyclists.”
Savage agreed that the plan at Jones and Dundas should be a blueprint. "If
those changes had been made last year there was no way that truck could have
possibly hit Doug," he said. Fletcher said she’s looking next at the
intersection of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas, and also at the intersections
along the cycle track on Lakeshore Boulevard. “There have been a lot of
crashes there – they are unsafe intersections,” she said.