This Friday, non-profit organization 8 80 Cities will be constructing one of Toronto’s first proof-of-concept examples of a complete street. As an organization that believes that 'if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8-year-old and great for an 80-year-old, then it will be great for all people', 8 80 Cities is a champion of the Vision Zero initiative; designed to bring traffic-related fatalities to zero. Last year, 46 people were killed on Toronto’s streets while walking or cycling, and 2019 has already seen 20 deaths. 8 80 Cities believes that by implementing safe street design, the deaths are easily preventable.

The pop-up portion of Danforth, image via Google Maps

The installation will be located along Danforth Avenue between Woodbine and Woodmount avenues, repurposing two curb lanes with expanded pedestrian space, a performance parklet, a kids play area, bike lanes, and a street mural. The installation is on for a limited duration—August 23rd and 24th—and will be constructed with temporary paint and movable structures.

An overview of a the planned complete street, image courtesy of 8 80 Cities

Working with designers The Better Block Foundation, the pop-up project is the first of its kind in Canada, serving as the first concrete example of what a true Vision Zero streetscape could look like.

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