Waterfront Trail Safety Motion at Etobicoke York Community Council

In response to increasing concerns regarding safety on the Waterfront Trail in the areas of Humber Bay Shores and Mimico in Ward 6, I have requested City staff investigate measures that can be implemented immediately to increase safety for all trail users.

Part of the Waterfront Trail in ward 6 runs between the Humber River and Norris Crescent. It is a multi-use path which means at any given time there can be cyclists, in-line skaters, pedestrians, children, dogs, strollers etc. all using the trail at once. These different types of uses can be conflicting, and there have been numerous reports of collisions or near misses between cyclists and other trail users, including other cyclists.

My office has received over 120 reports about incidences of unsafe behaviour on the trail, just over the past year. We have been waiting on a City-wide strategy, as this is a problem on multi-use trails all across the City, but it's clear we can no longer wait for action.

Etobicoke York Community Council unanimously approved my motion on September 8, 2015, directing Parks, Forestry & Recreation, as well as Transportation Services staff to meet with members of the City's cycling networks, the local community, and myself, to identify safety measures that can be implemented along the trail immediately.