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Avion runs between Glen Manor Dr., and Maclean Ave., one street south of Queen St. E., and is too small to be an effective shortcut for drivers trying to dodge traffic on Queen.
The speed humps went in despite polling of area residents that failed to meet the city’s installation threshold. The local city councillor, Mary Margaret McMahon, got them approved at Toronto-East York community council.
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A reader sent us a note about it, saying “there appears to be zero reason for them to exist,” noting that Avion is a “short street that, with parking on both sides, is impossible to speed along even if you wanted to.”
STATUS: A city staff report shows the cost of installing two speed humps on Avion is $ 6,000. So we asked McMahon why she hogged them through at community council. She said that one local resident persisted for years in demanding the humps and rode her about it whenever they met. It’s common at community council for councillors to ignore staff recommendations on speed humps, she said, noting that one councillor is well known for acceding to every request from residents for them. “I’m a big proponent of Vison Zero road safety,” said, McMahon, adding, “if residents tell me that,” she goes along with them. “They know their streets better than I do.”