I am pleased to share that on Tuesday, Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) passed my motion calling for a report from Transportation Services on changing the speed limits on local, residential roads in our ward to 30 km/h. This brings us one step closer to making this proposal a reality, but I am going to need your help to ensure this change happens.
Even though my proposal would only impact Ward 13, not all councillors on EYCC support it. Yesterday's vote passed 6-4, and the staff report is expected to be presented at the next meeting, on Wednesday, September 7. At that meeting, we need to show that there is strong support in our community to make our streets safer.
As you know, I have been collecting letters of support from local groups, email submissions from residents and paper and electronic petitions. The road safety Master Plan, currently at Committee, also calls for reducing speed limits and classifies it as an urgent matter (Read the CBC article here).
If you have not done so already, please consider sharing the link to our e-petition, available on my website.
You can also download and print a paper copy that your neighbours can sign. Is your street hosting a street party this summer? Consider putting out the petition and sending it back to my office. If you are a member of a local organisation or neighbourhood group, consider writing a support letter as others have done.
As we get closer to the next meeting, I will be sharing information on how you can speak at the meeting, and how you can send a message to the other councillors to let them know you want a 30 km/h speed limit introduced.
Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your support already.