Today, TCAT made a presentation to the City's Budget Committee during its public hearings. TCAT has spent the past week reviewing the staff recommended budget, and has identified 4 key priorities to emphasize to the committee. They are:
Doubling the current funding dedicated to cycling promotion,
safety and education staff and programs – like Bike Month and Kids
CAN-Bike Camps – from $164,000 to $328,000 in the City Planning operating budget.
Funding a full-time trails and pathways planner to
This past Monday, the City's Budget Committee released the 2008 staff-recommended operating budget. Councillors and the public now have a week to review the budget and provide comments to the committee before it makes its recommendations to City Council.
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.
Thanks to one of TCAT's supporting organizations, the Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common, for providing an update on the design for the new bridge planned to cross the rail corridor north of Fort York and south of Liberty Village.
As reported in the November 27 TCAT News e-Bulletin, following a motion initially moved by Councillor Adrian Heaps, City Council agreed to revise its bike lane approval process. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Executive Committee approved the new process.
As part of the revitalization of Toronto’s central waterfront,
Waterfront Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto, is
undertaking an environmental assessment study of Queens Quay between
Lower Spadina Avenue and Lower Jarvis Street. This study is exploring
how to implement long standing City policy objectives including
revitalizing Queens Quay into a scenic waterfront drive and completing
the Martin Goodman Trail which today is absent through the central
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.
Last week City Council approved its 2008 Capital Budget and 2009-2012 Capital Plan.
Despite a motion
to cut the $5.5 million cycling infrastructure and approximately $1
million traffic calming budgets, active transportation got a small
boost this year. However, TCAT maintains that enough was not done this
year, and that waiting for a report on Bike Plan implementation due in
June will continue to postpone the needed acceleration another year.
Apologies for the short notice - this just came to TCAT's attention.
[In the future, if you know of an important public meeting please send
us a message as early as possible so that we can let all of TCAT's
supporters know about it in advance]
Earlier this year the City of Toronto embarked on a study to
develop a planning vision for the future development of Bloor Street
West, between Avenue Road and Bathurst Street.
Toronto City Council is spending today reviewing and eventually approving its 2008 Capital Budget and 2009-2012 Capital Plan.
TCAT News has been reporting on this process since it began in early
November, and TCAT has been leading the cycling community in demanding
increased funds for cycling infrastructure, specifically to meet
Council's goal of completing the Bike Plan by 2012.
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.