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October 7, 2009
Yonge and Bloor will be Toronto’s second pedestrian priority intersection
One of Canada’s most famous intersections is about to get a new look.

The City of Toronto is adding a pedestrian priority phase to the intersection of Yonge Street and Bloor Street on October 9, providing pedestrians with the opportunity to cross in any direction including diagonally. The first pedestrian priority intersection (or “pedestrian scramble”) in Toronto was installed at Yonge Street and Dundas Street in 2008.

“Installing a pedestrian priority intersection at this new location reinforces Toronto’s commitment to creating a pedestrian friendly environment,” said Mayor David Miller. “Giving priority to pedestrians promotes pedestrian safety and convenience, and helps renew our urban environment.”

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.

Toronto’s Transportation Division will take the following steps to help ensure a smooth transition to the pedestrian priority phase at Yonge Street and Bloor Street:
- 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

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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