John Street changes

Speaking of sidewalks, changes are likely coming to John Street. The Etobicoke York Community Council will consider making the intersection of John and Weston roads narrower.

The city wants to widen the sidewalks, remove a lane on John Street, shorten the turn radius, and add pro-pedestrian signals.

Map of John and Weston

I’m a pretty pro-pedestrian, pro-bike kind of guy, but this seems like a mistake to me. John Street is a disaster. Cars park on both sides of the street, making turning difficult already. Pedestrians cross from the parking lot and alley halfway up, and the auto repair shop is less than fully compliant and quite busy. It’s virtually impossible to drive on John without stopping as it is. Narrowing it—especially without vigilant enforcement of parking and stopping bylaws—is going to make that much worse.

If I had my druthers, I’d ruther the city tackle the left turn from South Station Street onto John. It’s wide, fast, and really needs a stop sign to allow pedestrians safe passage to the pedestrian bridge. I’ve seen many cars turning from South Station Street going too fast onto John, going from a wide, amenable street onto a narrow, crowded one.

I think the city is tackling the wrong end of the problem.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

One thought on “John Street changes”

  1. Hey Adam,

    With the new UP Express line disconnecting John Street, the bulk of traffic coming from South Station and John Street are those that use this laneway to bypass the right turn onto Weston Road from Lawrence, as well as the few residential and commercial traffic for the businesses in the area.

    I actually like the idea of the lane narrowing. I think it restricts traffic in this area to only the businesses and new 33 John Street (which has a secondary entrance/exit route on Elsmere), while discouraging thru-traffic to use this side street to get onto Weston.

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