One of TCAT's goals for last month's Complete Streets Forum was for the City of Toronto to adopt a complete streets policy. As such we were quite pleased that Gary Welsh, General Manager of Transportation Services and many other senior transportation staff attended the Forum. Mr. Welsh was quoted in the Toronto Star the day after the Forum that he will take a serious look at adopting a complete streets policy in Toronto.
Toronto Bike Month will launch this coming Monday with the annual Group Commute. Running from May 31-June 30, Bike Month features over 100 community events. For more information, visit the City’s cycling calendar or check out the Bike Month Guide, available at local bike shops and here.
New shared lane pavement markings are being painted on downtown streets. These markings are called “sharrows” and are used to show the ideal cyclist position in the lane (away from the curb and parked cars), and to remind drivers to share the road.
The Bike Train initiative is celebrating its 2010 season launch with the inaugural Ontario Southwest Bike Train to Windsor, Essex County. The Bike Train, now in its 4th year of operation, adds bicycle racks to passenger rail trains across Ontario. With 2 new routes in 2010, plus expanded Toronto-Niagara Greenbelt Express service with GO Transit, its never been easier to explore Ontario by bike.
For schedules, fares, and itinerary ideas go here.
Thanks to the Friends of Fort York for keeping us updated on major projects happening in the Fort York area, including the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge which TCAT has supported and provided comment on. Here is an excerpt from the group's most recent newsletter:
On Tuesday, May 11th, City Council approved the public bike share program by 33-8. The program will be run by Montreal’s Bixi and will start with 1,000 bikes at 80 stations located throughout the downtown. More information available in the Toronto Star and IBikeT.O.