At last night's meeting of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee,
a representative of TCAT and one other member of the public made
deputations highlighting the danger to cyclists associated with the
recently installed second row of staggered bollards along the Martin
Goodman Trail at the Boulevard Club, and the lack of justification by
the City. Another cyclist also submitted a 30-page document outlining
the situation. The committee also heard from the Parks supervisor
responsible for this project.
Last week TCAT reported that the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee's
recommendations regarding the Martin Goodman Trail bollards at the
Boulevard Club would go the Planning and Growth Management Committee
for approval in January. In fact, it is the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee who will review the recommendations at its meeting on January 9th.
Over the past few years, the City and the TTC, along with the local BIA and residents associations, have been working on a plan for the reconstruction of Roncesvalles Avenue. It now looks like this project will go ahead in 2009. The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area has many posts on the redesign process, with drawings and images, as does a group called Roncesvalles Renewed.
Talk around an improved streetscape for Roncesvalles has been underway
for quite some time. Some of the elements included in the preliminary
designs have triggered the Environmental Assessment Process. This means
more opportunity for residents to become involved in the planning
process and to provide input on how the street will be redesigned.
The first public open house for the EA will take place next Wednesday.
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.
From the City of Toronto's City Planning web site:
The City of Toronto, City Planning Division and the
consulting firm of Brook Mcllroy Planning & Urban Design/Pace
Architects invite you to participate in a Design Workshop from 1:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, as part of the Bloor
Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study.
The City of Toronto has undertaken a study to create a Master Plan
for the Western Waterfront. The study area covers a 4 km-long stretch
of the Western Waterfront between the Humber River and Marilyn Bell
Park. Recommendations will be made about the type and location of park
facilities that meet a range of community needs, as well as
improvements to the transportation, transit and pedestrian links with
The Western Waterfront Master Plan Team is inviting the public to a
Combined Community Advisory Group Meeting and Public Open House to be
together on Thursday February 19th, 2009. The meeting will be held at St.
Joseph's Health Centre at 7.00pm.
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union are holding an
open house to discuss bikeway projects to be completed in 2009 and 2010
in the downtown west end. These projects have been identified in
collaboration with cyclists over the past few months. You are invited
to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed projects and
share your thoughts.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (between Cowan and Brock)
Roncesvalles will be reconstructed in 2009-10 and the community is actively involved in debating how to best balance the needs of everyone who uses the street. To find out more about the design proposals being considered and to comment on how to best incorporate walking and cycling into the process, go here.