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Spotted: Signs Urging Drivers to Slow Down and Keep Kids Safe

Residents show their support for safer streets after 6-year-old girl was struck and killed last month.

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SPOTTED BY: Twitter user (and Toronto’s chief planner) Jennifer Keesmaat

WHERE: Midtown Toronto

WHEN: August 14

WHAT: Signs provided as part of Kids at Play‘s Slow Down campaign. On July 16, six-year-old Georgia Walsh died after being hit by a minivan at McRae Drive and Millwood Road, in Leaside. In the wake of the tragedy, local residents have banded together, creating the non-profit organization Kids at Play to “give the residents of cities a collective voice with which to speak out against careless driving.”

The non-profit has already started making its mark on the streets of Leaside, creating signs—with the words “Slow Down: Kids at Play”—that are now popping up on lawns throughout midtown. The campaign, the group explains, is “a reminder to all drivers that this is a neighbourhood community first and a thoroughfare second” and demonstrates “a collective commitment to drive responsibly.”

“We are not trying to start a car war,” the group notes, “but rather get people involved in helping to make a difference.”

The death of Georgia Walsh has also spurred political action: on Tuesday, North York community council approved requests from Councillor John Parker (Ward 26, Don Valley West) for a feasibility study about reducing the speed limit on 55 km/h Leaside streets to 30 km/h and a ban—which will go to council for approval this month—on right turns on red lights at Millwood Road and McRae Drive; and yesterday, the City’s public works requested a report on a proposed bypass intended to reduce traffic on McRae and Millwood.

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