The City of Toronto, in association with the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area, is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to examine potential improvements to the public realm of John Street consistent with concepts outlined in the Toronto Entertainment District Master Plan.
The John Street Corridor, from the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Waterfront, is designated as a Cultural Corridor. Given this corridor’s importance in linking many of the City’s recognizable cultural landmarks, the EA study will assess and evaluate opportunities to enhance the cultural significance along this route and improve pedestrian facilities between Stephanie Street and Front Street West.
Last week TCAT was invited by the City of Toronto’s Public Consultation Unit to participate in a meeting to look at the six alternative options and to provide input about the solutions being considered from an active transportation perspective. Features of the alternative preferred by the Technical Advisory Committee include expanding the pedestrian realm and providing a 2-way street with a widened lane to be shared between cyclists and motorists.
At this point, none of the alternatives seem to meet the goal of transforming the John Street Corridor. TCAT would like to see a design that better enhances both the pedestrian and cycling environment. This is a fantastic opportunity to be creative, to enhance the safety, comfort, livability and economic viability of the street.
Feedback relating to the alternatives being considered for John St. are currently being solicited from the general public up until June 30th. Send emails to Mike Logan, Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the City’s website here.