Voting is now open for the CAA Worst Roads campaign – your chance to tell officials which roadways needs improvement to make them safer for vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians.
“The annual CAA Worst Roads advocacy campaign has influenced change for 15 years,” said Raymond Chan, government relations, CAA South Central Ontario (SCO) in a release. “We are calling on all Ontarians to vote for their worst road today and join the community of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians committed to improving Ontario’s roads. We are all road users, and everyone has a role to play to make roads safer.”
Nominations can be made for roads that have potholes, deteriorating pavement, limited or non-existent cycling or walking infrastructure, or for poor road signs.
“A pothole on the road can be dangerous for someone on a bike and on a narrow wheel,” said Jamie Stuckless, executive director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition. “When people go to vote in the CAA Worst Roads campaign, they should think of roads as *whole* – not just as a motorist but also as a pedestrian and cyclist.”
“CAA Worst Roads is the kind of input that helps spur governments to focus on priorities,” said Doug Switzer, president, Ontario Motor Coach Association. “I think this kind of input is truly grass roots democracy at its best, where the citizens of the province are telling politicians ‘you can make this road a little bit better and it would make all our lives a little bit *better,* if you identified this problem and fixed it for us’.”
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Cast your vote for CAA’s Worst Roads at CAAworstroads.com by April 15th. Participants will be entered for weekly prize draws as well as the grand prize draw to win free gas for a year.
Once voting concludes, CAA will put together a list of the Top 10 Worst Roads in Ontario and the worst roads in regions across Ontario. The final 2018 list of worst roads will be presented by CAA to local and provincial officials for consideration in future infrastructure funding and planning decisions.
Although CAA Worst Roads named over the last 15 years have mostly been in Toronto, a more local area roadway topped the list in 2016 when County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, southwest of Napanee, was named as the worst on Ontario.
Watch CAA kick-off the 2018 Worst Roads campaign on Tuesday, March 19: