TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) voiced their concerns today after City of Toronto officials made public statements proposing reducing the width of road lanes.
According to city officials, wide lanes promote vehicles to go faster, so by reducing the width they believe speeding can be minimized. As well, narrow lanes create more infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.
“OTA understands modern policy dynamics of better utilizing road infrastructure for cyclists, but the association is cautioning the city on potential policies that will increase the risks of heavy vehicle collisions with cyclists and other road user,” the OTA said in a release.
Based on the size of the road, through-lanes may be reduced by 3 or 3.2 metres, while the width of a commercial truck is 2.6 metres, excluding the extended mirrors.
“OTA is very concerned that, by reducing lane widths, the margin of error between all road users is decreased, increasing risk of contact and collisions,” the release went on to say.
The OTA has requested to meet with the City of Toronto to discuss this issue further.
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