Trips to visit his fiancée’s family in New Jersey led to an urban-improvement discovery for Toronto Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong.

Pedestrian crosswalks there cost one per cent of the ones here — $300 as opposed to $3,000.
After arranging to have one imported, Minnan-Wong carried it into a regular meeting this week of the advisory Toronto Pedestrian Committee.

“This is a way to expand pedestrian safety by allowing for more crosswalks in neighbourhoods all across the city,” he said yesterday of the 70-pound fluorescent yellow sign.

Such signs stand more than one metre high in the middle of the road before and after a zebra crosswalk — a far simpler presentation than Toronto’s street signage and overhead flashing lights.

Toronto manager of pedestrian projects Fiona Chapman said the suggestion is well-timed for next month’s Ontario Traffic Conference.

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