8 80 Streets Pineway transformed a section of Pineway Boulevard in North York. The project created a prototype of a safe residential street that exemplifies the City’s vision to get fatalities down to zero (Vision Zero). The Pineway street makeover took place from September 29 to October 4th, 2019 between Weatherstone Crescent and Bernick Rd.
8 80 Streets Pineway was part of a larger initiative by the organization to raise awareness on the importance of human-centered road design as the most effective solution to reducing pedestrian fatalities. Starting on Sunday, September 29th, 2019, 8 80 Cities staff and volunteers installed simple traffic calming interventions using temporary materials such as planters, tape, and paint. The pop up lasted 5 days.
“We are excited to work with the North York community to temporarily transform Pineway Blvd into street that prioritizes people’s safety over the fast movement of cars. We want to highlight the simple design interventions that can reduce illegal speeding, improve safety, and create a more comfortable experience for people walking in the area.” (Amanda, O’Rourke, Executive Director of 8 80 Cities).”
8 80 Cities has chosen this area of North York to highlight that road safety is an issue that extends beyond the downtown and affects all of our city. The installation came at a critical time for Toronto streets, having 23 fatal pedestrian collisions this year alone.