Crossing Guards Confirmed for CityPlace Schools

I am happy to share with you today confirmation that the City of Toronto will provide crossing guards to support the safety of students travelling to and from the two new elementary schools in CityPlace: Jean Lumb Public School and Bishop Macdonnell Catholic School.

Crossing guards will be in place starting on the first day of school in January 2020 at the following locations:

  • Spadina & Bremner/Fort York
  • Fort York & Brunel

Once the schools are open and operating, there will be a study of student travel patterns in the spring of 2020 to determine if the location and number of crossing guards is effectively supporting school safety. The current assignment of crossing guards starting in January is based on best estimates of need but will have to be confirmed by looking at the actual situation during the school year.

Additional Street Safety Improvements in CityPlace

School crossing guards are one important component of ensuring street safety in the community. Over the past number of years, I have been working closely with the CityPlace community to identify street safety concerns and implement improvements, particularly in anticipation of the opening of these two new elementary schools with 1,100 students. For example, we have already installed new traffic signals at Dan Leckie Way and Fort York Boulevard, and on the west side of Spadina Avenue at Lake Shore Boulevard West.

I have secured Committee and Council approval for several more necessary traffic signals, stop signs, pedestrian crossings and crosswalks, and enhanced pavement markings that have not yet been installed. Achieving approval far in advance of the opening of our new community amenities was intentional, to ensure there was adequate time to install the much-needed improvements. However, many of them have yet to be implemented. I brought a motion to City Council in October directing staff to prioritize and expedite the implementation of these needed safety improvements. Please see my letter for more details: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-138809.pdf.