Media Release

January 26, 2012

 The Regional Municipality of York makes positive changes to high collision intersection in Richmond Hill

Pedestrian crossing improvements installed at Yonge Street and 16th Avenue/Carville Road
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York recognizes pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users, and following concerns raised by a resident, the Region has implemented pedestrian crossing improvements at Yonge Street and 16th Avenue/Carville Road in the Town of Richmond Hill.
“York Region is always working to improve resident safety and appreciates learning about opportunities for improvement directly from our residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “We listened to this particular concern and have made the necessary improvements to increase pedestrian safety for all pedestrians who use this high traffic intersection daily. The resident has been informed of our enhancements and is greatly appreciative of our efforts.”
Between 2008 and 2010, the intersection of Yonge Street and 16th Avenue/Carville Road experienced a high number of collisions, totalling 173 collisions and 26 injury collisions. 
Regional Council has approved measures to help educate and promote pedestrian safety, such as an audible pedestrian warning system pilot project on YRT/Viva buses.
As a result, additional safety measures and pedestrian crossing improvements were also implemented at the Yonge Street and 16th Avenue/Carville Road intersection to increase pedestrian safety. They include:
• A revised speed limit policy
• High-visibility zebra crosswalk markings at intersections
• Pedestrian countdown signals
• Increased pedestrian crossing time at traffic signals
• Audible signals for pedestrians with low vision
On November 7, 2011 at this intersection, York Regional Police and York Region Transportation Services teamed up and launched a new Pedestrian Safety Campaign Motorists and Pedestrians … Let’s work on our Relationship. The event coincided with the end of daylight savings time and a return to Eastern Standard Time, when research shows pedestrians are most likely to be involved in a collision.
“We must foster respect between motorists and pedestrians in an effort to reduce the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities on York Region roads,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services Committee. “We work with York Regional Police on an ongoing basis to ensure pedestrian safety initiatives remain a priority across our Region.”
The launch featured members of York Regional Police and York Region Transportation Services wearing bright clothing and distributing reflective key chains to passing pedestrians to help improve their visibility to drivers.
An upcoming Pedestrian Safety Campaign will focus on creating awareness around key safety issues affecting motorists and pedestrians in the winter.
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Media Contact:  Lindsey Nigra, Corporate Communications, York Region 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1239 • Cell: 905-955-0685 •

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