New pilot project bans vehicles from street in front of Toronto school

Oct 29 2019, 1:16 pm

The city continues to take steps to ensure vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and children, are safe, with the launch of a new pilot project that bans cars from a portion of a Toronto street.

“School Streets” launched this week and doesn’t allow vehicles to access a street in front of a Toronto school, as part of a city-sanctioned project that promotes pedestrian safety.

The pilot will see a portion of Mountainview Avenue in front of Keele Street Public School closed to cars between the hours of 8 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 4 pm from October 28 through 31 with the goal of seeing how well a car-free zone works in the neighbourhood.

The pilot is led by non-profit group 8 80 Cities, along with Eco Kids Canada, and the Toronto District School Board Eco School, and is intended to encourage students to walk and cycle to school, reduces pollution, and provides an opportunity for outdoor play before and after school.

Rather than seeing lineups of vehicles waiting impatiently to drop children off, photos shared on social media show kids playing and having fun in the streets.