From the City of Toronto's public consultation web site:
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
are examining ways to significantly improve transit service on Eglinton
Avenue between Kennedy Subway Station and Renforth Drive, and
potentially as far as Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
Following the public open house on July 9, where the technically
preferred street design did not include a bike lane, it looks like
cyclists should not expect a bike lane once construction gets underway
next year. The street is being redesigned to make it more
pedestrian-friendly and to improve streetcar access. Bike lanes may be
proposed to run on nearby Sorauren. Cyclists who feel strongly about
the Roncesvalles redesign including a bike lane need to have their
voices heard, especially if you live in Ward 14.
As a recap, Metrolinx (the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) is in the process of drafting a Regional Transportation Plan.
In the lead-up to this document, Metrolinx first released seven Green
Papers outlining policy and investment options across all
transportation sectors. The Green Papers helped to form the content of
White Papers 1 and 2, released in May of this year. In late September
Metrolinx staff will be presenting the draft RTP to the Metrolinx
Last week, representatives from Bells on Bloor and Take the Tooker
filed a formal demand with Ontario's Environment Commissioner for a
review of the City's decision not to conduct an Environmental
Assessment for the reconstruction of Bloor Street between Avenue Road
and Church Street. This project will remove parking, widen sidewalks,
and plant trees - yet no bike lane will be installed.
Last week, Transportation Alternatives'
Deputy Director Noah Budnick visited Canada, stopping in Montreal,
Ottawa and Toronto. While in Toronto, TCAT setup meetings for Noah with
the City of Toronto and Metrolinx, a bike tour of Toronto, and Noah
also gave a public presentation on Thursday evening at the Centre for
Social Innovation. It was an opportunity for Toronto area
transportation practitioners and advocates (over 70 in attendance) to
learn about exciting new projects in New York City, and more
A notice sent through the City's Cyclometer newsletter:
"Waterfront Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation
invite you to join us in celebrating the Mimico Waterfront Park - Phase
1! Activities include official opening ceremonies, a fish check-up and
Cyclists are invited to join in the celebrations and check out
a new cycling trail in the park that makes an important link in the
Toronto Bikeway Network and the Waterfront Trail."
For those who missed the news at our Annual General Meeting in February, TCAT is now officially a project of the Clean Air Partnership (CAP).
TCAT continues to do the exact same work it has over the past couple
years, acting as the unified voice to the many groups working for a
better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto.
The relationship also allows you to now donate to help support TCAT's work, and to receive a tax deductible receipt from CAP.
"The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
are examining ways to significantly improve transit service on Finch
Avenue West between Yonge Street and the Highway 27 area.
The Etobicoke-Finch West LRT is one component of the Transit
City Light Rail Plan - a proposed network of seven new light rail lines
that would provide comfortable, efficient rapid transit throughout
Professor John Pucher at Rutgers University is the foremost North
American writer on comparative government cycling policy. He has
various publications on the subject, and travels regularly to present
While it's clear that there's still lots of room for improvement in
Toronto's cycling environment, it's also important to celebrate newly
installed bike lanes. Come join the City in celebrating the completion
of one of Toronto's newest bike lanes: Royal York Road (from Delroy Drive to Mimico Creek).
Date: Tuesday, July 15th
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: East side of Royal York Road, at Castlebar Road.
"Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto and the Toronto
Transit Commission are developing a plan to revitalize the Lower Don
Lands and create a vibrant, mixed use, sustainable community that
embraces and respects a newly naturalized and flood-protected mouth of
the Don River.
Yesterday at Etobicoke York Community Council,
the culmination of more than a year's worth of community organizing was
put to the test. Community Council had before it a report from staff
recommending a slightly modified configuration to this extremely
dangerous and unpleasant interchange in South Etobicoke. Members of the
For those following the plans to redesign the stretch of Bloor Street
between Church Street and Avenue Road, there is an information meeting
tonight. However, it's not clear if this is a public event. But for a
project taking place on public streets, it probably should be. If you
do try and go, make sure to ask why there are no bike lanes planned for
this renewed grand avenue.
It helps to be able to say how many individuals and groups support
the work we do when we speak with City Councillors, City staff, and the
media, or put out a publication. As part of our effort to grow the
collective voice of TCAT, a new organization has joined our list of
supporters. It is: