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November 26, 2008
City to install more accessible pedestrian signals
The City of Toronto has agreed to accelerate the installation of accessible pedestrian signals at traffic signals across the city after a negotiated settlement was reached with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Under the policy approved by Toronto City Council, 81 accessible pedestrian signals (formerly known as audible pedestrian signals) are to be installed over the next three years. The City will also install accessible pedestrian signals at all new traffic signal locations.

“While accessible pedestrian signals have been installed consistently over the past five years, the City of Toronto would like to thank Sricamalan Pathmanathan for explaining how crucial these devices can be for blind or visually impaired individuals in their daily lives, and the importance of speeding up installations,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services.

“Mr. Pathmanathan contributed a number of valuable suggestions and ideas throughout this process that will benefit all residents of Toronto as they move safely and independently throughout the city,” added Welsh. “The installation of more accessible pedestrian signals shows that the City is committed to accessibility issues and is consistent with the City’s efforts to improve walking environments in Toronto and support the City’s walking strategy.”

As part of the settlement, the City of Toronto will post information about the accessible pedestrian signals on its website, including a current list of intersections that have the special signals, a list of future installations, details about making an application to have the signals installed, and a description of the criteria and priorities for installations.

There will also be an application form posted on the website that will enable residents to make a request for future installations of accessible pedestrian signals.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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