One of the priorities for the MarkeTo district BIA is to not only make the district safe and accessible to local residents, but also to visitors. Although the district has the benefit of being located on Dufferin, one of the main north/south streets in the city, it has the unfortunate hazard of lots of high speed motorists. Not only does this tend to discourage pedestrian traffic, but can also be a safety issue as well. Long time residents and locals are all painfully aware of the lack of the needed number of safe crossing sites on Dufferin in the district, and considering the significant number of students and children who live, play and go to school in the area, this issue is certainly a priority for the BIA.
It is easy to see that having numerous east-west pedestrian safe crossing sites would allow for a smooth transfer of visitors, residents and general pedestrians across the street. The current shortfall tends to not only encourage jaywalking, but also does not serve as an effective break of the traffic that is traversing north-south, particularly around rush hour.
The BIA, its members, local businesses and community partners have all expressed their desire to rectify this situation, and have been working diligently with the local councillor and the city over the past few years to navigate the red tape and regulations needed to implement this needed safety adjustment.
The spots that were identified and that have received permits for new crossings were Wingold and Dufferin and Glengrove and Dufferin. The BIA is proud to announce that the Wingold/Dufferin crosswalk as of July of 2018 has been installed, with the secondary crossing at Glengrove to be installed in a few short months.
If you have any questions regarding the BIA, district safety or any safety initiatives or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Stay safe out there, and remember to look both ways.