The lastest edition of the City's Cyclometer newsletter is reporting initial details on the City's planned bike station for Union Station. We will likely be hearing more about this much-needed project in the coming months, but for now you can count on over 200 secure parking spaces on a membership basis launching sometime this July.
"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.
Cyclists who haven't had the opportunity to ride on Wellesley Street
lately are in for a pleasant surprise. New bike lanes have been
installed, all the way from Queen's Park to Parliament. The lanes are a
great new addition to the bikeway network - providing a good connection
to the University of Toronto and the Hoskin/Harbord bike lanes. See
photos posted here.
For those who consider canoeing a form of active transportation too oft
overlooked, there's an exhibit currently showing at Arcadia Gallery at
680 Queen's Quay West that you may want to check out. It documents a
canoe ride across Toronto from northwest to southeast that took place
over 10 days last summer, accompanied each day by a different
co-paddler. The gallery is open on Sat/Sun afternoons and closes next
In reaction to the above news item, a new advocacy group has formed.
They will hold a meeting of interested citizens to improve the project
as it moves through the EA process. At this first meeting they will
vote on a group name, determine a list of project goals and plan an
interactive web presence.
First meeting of Gardiner Takedown Advocacy Group
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7pm (St. Patrick's Day)
Metro Hall room 303 (southeast corner of John & King)
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto (City) are jointly
initiating an environmental assessment (EA) and integrated urban design
study to explore the feasibility of removing the elevated Gardiner
Expressway from approximately Jarvis Street to Logan Avenue.
A good reason to take the day off this Wednesday! Danish architect Jan Gehl is coming to Toronto to speak at the Design Exchange. Gehl is one of the world’s foremost experts on transforming public spaces and creating walking-friendly environments. He led the development of London, England’s ambitious pedestrian plan, and he is an important influence in New York’s recent transformation of its streets.
The second annual Bike Summit on Thursday May 28th 2009 was a great success. Again this year, despite a bigger venue, this one-day bicycle policy conference sold out in advance. About 220 registrants representing government, the private sector, non-profit organizations and the general public were in attendance. The purpose of the day was to share best practices and challenges in implementing bicycle policy, research, technical designs and advocacy campaigns.
The fourth in a series of eight excellent Toronto walkability reports was released this week - this most recent one featuring St James Town. This series seeks to understand and improve the walking environments in the high-rise apartment neighbourhoods in the inner suburbs of Toronto, with a particular focus on the priority sites identified in the Mayor's Tower Renewal program.
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly undertaking a major study to determine the future of the eastern portion of the elevated Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard from approximately Lower Jarvis Street to just east of the Don Valley Parkway at Logan Avenue.
UPDATE: Kaj Mook, Director, NS OV-Fiets (Bike Share), Dutch Railways, is back by popular demand after speaking at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He will be delivering a public lecture as a Complete Streets Forum special pre-conference event at Hart House at the University of Toronto, April 22 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more details. Forum registrants attend free.
TCAT's Complete Streets Forum partner - Transportation Options - is hosting a Bike Train Travel Expo to highlight the fantastic cycle tourism destinations in Ontario. Learn about the 2010 Bike Train routes, and get information and cycling maps from local tourism representatives on site.
Special guests will include the Minister of Tourism Michael Chan. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Niagara, Greenbelt, Windsor/Essex & Point Pelee, North Bay, Eastern Ontario and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.