At a public meeting last week, the Toronto Star reports that residents expressed concerns about the newly narrowed Lansdowne. Cyclists at the meeting critized the sharrows (similar to those
installed on Dundas East) but an ibiketo blogger loves them.
A last-minute agenda item at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) meeting last week surprised cycling advocates. PWIC approved 16.1 km of bike lanes for St. Lawrence Avenue East from Victoria Park Avenue to Rouge Hills Drive. This section of Lawrence Avenue will add 32.2 km to the Bikeway Network and increase the total length of the approved bicycle lanes in 2008 to 52.8 km.
Waterfront Toronto reports that the Martin Goodman Trail (Ontario Place) construction has started on reconstruction of the Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place. The existing trail, which runs along the water's edge, will continue to be open without disruption during the construction. The transformation of the newly aligned trail includes extending the trail from Marilyn Bell Park to the existing trail within Coronation Park at Strachan Avenue.
New and improved sharrows have been installed on Dundas East. The old
sharrow markings were difficult to see because the paint wore off so
quickly. The new sharrow markings have been cut right into the asphalt.
There are also more of them so they should be difficult for drivers to
miss. See photos posted here.
Last September, TCAT made a deputation to Toronto and East York
Community Council in support of a proposal to study an alternate
crossing for the current at-grade crossing of the rail corridor on
Strachan Avenue. We stressed the fact that any new crossing design
should meet the safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians first, since
this is a major connection to the waterfront.
As reported in TCAT News
the City is planning to build an active transportation connection into
Fort York over the railway tracks. According to the notice, "The
Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is intended to provide a link
between Stanley Park to the north and the western area of Fort York
grounds to the south, improving the connections between the City, Fort
York and the waterfront."
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.
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.