As a member of Vaughan Council, I take responsibility for all traffic concerns on all residential streets under the jurisdiction of the City of Vaughan in Ward 5.
Unlike residential streets though, all major roads in the area; Yonge, Bathurst, Dufferin and Centre, are under the jurisdiction of York Region. That means that all decisions relating to traffic, construction and transit are made by Regional Councillors, not Ward Councillors.
We have been dealing with a variety of traffic safety issues in Thornhill and across the City. Excessive speed and erratic driving has led to tragic incidents such as two children playing on their driveway in Maple being killed by a speeding car.
This horrifying incident is totally unacceptable. We need to make our streets safer. We need to work to establish our comprehensive strategy for transportation and mobility in Vaughan.
In March 2021 I was a leading supporter on Council for our MoveSmart Mobility Management Strategy This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the province that aligns the City’s vision and forward-thinking initiatives to ensure an efficient, reliable, safe and sustainable transportation system over the next five years, and beyond.
At least one aspect of this strategy is unfolding in the area north of Clark, south of Centre, between Bathurst and Yonge with the reduction of the speed limit on residential streets from 50 to 40 km/hour. Please note the new speed limit signs and the pavement marking. Other areas will follow. As well on certain streets, new centre of the road bollards will be placed with reduced speed limits.
Beverly Glen is a good example of how I approach traffic concerns on the roads within my area of responsibility.
Beverly Glen is the major feeder road for the area north of Centre Street. It begins at Bathurst and ends at Dufferin, inviting vehicles to use it as a cut through street. Beverly Glen is a busy street travelling through a residential neighbourhood.
Over the years I have worked with our staff to implement a variety of measures to improve safety and slow down traffic on the street. This has included installing a traffic signal near Wilshire Elementary School, adding stop signs, placing speed bumps and lowering the speed limit. All these actions have helped to calm traffic on the street. Efforts continue to deal with bad drivers on the street.
Taking action to deal with traffic issues is an ongoing task of a Ward Councillor. Without the authority to deal with the gridlock on arterial roads, I have done everything within my power to urge the Region to take measures when residents bring their concerns to my attention.