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 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.
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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