Disclaimer: Sidewalks For All is an independent coalition of accessibility advocates and organizations working to create a walkable Toronto for all. Supporting organizations include: Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), CNIB (The Canadian National Institute for the Blind), CILT (Centre for Independent Living Toronto), Harbord Village Residents' Association, BALANCE for Blind Adults, St. Lawrence Neighbhourhood Association, Walk Toronto, Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC), StopGap Foundation, The Canadian Council of the Blind, Brentwood Towers Tenant Association, Deer Park Residents Group, Federation of Metro Tenants Association, and the Toronto Senior's Forum. Due to resource constraints, Councillor Wong-Tam has offered to host our website for the duration of the campaign.
Sidewalks for All!
Increasing the walkability and accessibility of Toronto's streets and sidewalks is a City priority. Toronto's commitment to being a Barrier Free City means sidewalks must be accessible to all. It is important that all residents are able to participate fully in the community, regardless of their abilities.
People with mobility devices, wheelchairs, and walking with caregivers, guide dogs, shopping bags or children in large strollers deserve the right to move safely on our city sidewalks.
The needs of all people who walk on Toronto’s sidewalks would be best served if Toronto were to adopt a minimum Staff recommendations for an essentially straight, continuous Pedestrian Clearway of at least 2.1 metres.
The City of Toronto Licensing and Standards and Public Works and Infrastructure Committees are meeting on December 4, 2017 to vote on proposed changes to Patio and Marketing Bylaws that would require phased-in implementation of Pedestrian Clearways, city-wide. This vote will have a huge impact on the walkability of Toronto's city sidewalks and on people who face accessibility challenges.
This time is now! City Council's upcoming vote will impact the future of Toronto's sidewalk accessibility. If your organization would like to support this campaign, email us to sign on as a supporter.
Stories from the Community:
Narrow sidewalks have a human impact. Too often, those with accessibility issues struggle to move through public space safely. As Toronto continues to grow, we need to prioritize the needs and rights of all our pedestrians.
3 Ways to Fight for Accessibility:
Join us on November 29 at 12:30pm at City Hall for a Sidewalks For All Demonstration and Press Conference and show City Council that accessible sidewalks matter.
- Save the Date to Depute: On December 4, 2017 we need Council members to hear why Torontonians need a 2.1m clearway. You can make a deputation in person on December 4 or via email or letter. View the link to the Agenda item. Email us for help preparing your deputation.
- Spread the Word: Share this campaign with friends, family and your community. Ask them to join the fight for greater accessibility and a more inclusive Toronto. Don't forget to use the hashtag #SidewalksForAll!
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