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November 3, 2010
Bloor and Bay becomes Toronto’s third pedestrian priority intersection
The City of Toronto is adding a pedestrian priority phase to the intersection of Bloor Street and Bay Street on November 3, providing pedestrians with the opportunity to cross safely in any direction including diagonally.

The pedestrian priority phase has been implemented in a number of other cities and has reduced conflict between pedestrians and vehicles by separating the flow of traffic and the movement of pedestrians.

Pedestrian priority intersections (or “pedestrian scramble”) were approved for use by City Council in 2007 and the first was installed at Yonge Street and Dundas Street in 2008. This intersection is the third in the city to receive this technology and is being implemented at the completion of the Bloor Street reconstruction project.

To help ensure the smooth transition to a pedestrian priority phase at Bloor Street and Bay Street, Toronto’s Transportation Services division will:
- Adjust the timing of lights to allow pedestrians to safely clear the intersection
- Enhance the Accessible Pedestrian Signals to assist the blind and visually impaired
- Monitor the intersection to determine whether any adjustments need to be made.

More information about pedestrian initiatives is available at .

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Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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