Less than an hour after I posted about the progress on the West Toronto Railpath this morning, Tammy Thorne posted onto the Spacing Wire a re-cap of the “unveiling” meeting that took place on Monday night. It doesn’t look good, but I’m going to stay optimistic:
The WTR park itself is between 10 and 15 metres wide. The strip of asphalt (the “multi-use” path) will be 3.5 metres wide (1.75 in each direction) with a granulated shoulder. The length of the path is 2.1 kms…. A multi-use trail is designed to permit more than one user group at a time, creating a two-way shared use area. The paved portion of the WTR is simply too narrow to accommodate multiple users safely. There was some discussion about the City’s new way-finding signage (to be used in the Don Valley trails first) that could be used in the Railpath to help direct user etiquette. It was also mentioned that the path will only be plowed in winter if the City deems there is “need.”
The general impression I’m getting from the Spacing post is that it will be useless – due to the first (northern) part of the railpath being for more than cyclists, as well as unconnected to other cycling infrastructure.
As I said above, I’m going to stay optimistic. This is just the first railroad right-of-way in Toronto being converted to a place for “human-powered transportation”… we can all hope it won’t be the last. Anything that encourage the use of bikes, rollerblades, walking is okay by me. I’m no bike snob. Okay… maybe a little.
The fact is that this is the first drop in the bucket of potential that exists in this city for a network of seperate-from-auto-traffic pathways for people to use their bikes to get to different parts of the city.
Go check out the Railpath & Hydro Corridor Map I put together a couple months ago, and you’ll see what I mean.