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Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety
Last Updated on December 5, 2014
November 25, 2014, Globe and Mail (TORONTO, ONTARIO)
Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.
The city has just finished a new policy for lane widths, guidelines that will be rolled out gradually across Toronto.
It will mean that, over a period of years, the lanes on streets across the city will be redrawn. A city official said current widths can encourage drivers to go faster than necessary. The new lanes will generally range from 3 to 4.3 metres, depending on location.