The City of Toronto is considering supplementing the budget for a new road safety plan with “e-donations” from citizens concerned with the number of injuries and deaths on local streets.
Part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan discussions happening at Toronto City Hall late November included using crowdfunding to pay for the program, which is designed to “reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets,” reports blogTO.
“Funds raised will go towards the acceleration and expansion of various infrastructure projects that include improved pavement markings and awareness initiatives,” the outlet explains.
Citizens who made any donation – up to a maximum $50,000 – would earn an immediate tax receipt and get to select which specific fatality- or injury-reducing countermeasure they would like to see their money go toward.
While the program and fundraising method is completely new, the proposal cites as precedent the fact a similar e-donation system already supplements the city’s Animal Services budget.
The city council will vote next month on the e-donation part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, and if approved will implement it toward the end of 2018.
With 43 pedestrian deaths on Toronto streets in 2016, some councillors have said the city’s traffic fatalities are on the verge of becoming a public health crisis. The five-year Vision Zero Road Safety Plan – so named because its aim is to reduce the number of road fatalities and serious injuries to zero – was adopted by the city in 2017.