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June 18: Latest Comments Update

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 12:15 PM PDT

Too many cars on the Danforth? Surely you jest!

Good thing that’s not the case for the rest of the city!

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 11:50 AM PDT

There’s already too many cars on Danforth … even though I moved away 20 years ago I still cycle the avenue on the way home from my dentist’s office, and traffic has just gotten worse. bike lanes and parking might encourage those who “just want to gt home” to find another way, like the subway or the Carlton streetcar or … heaven help us … bicycles.

Re: Photo of the Day: Ice Cream at Sunnyside Park

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 10:35 AM PDT

Sadly, for Summer 2009 there are no bikes there. All the bikes were sent to Brampton Ontario.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 09:07 AM PDT

To the author of the letter shown above.

You make some good points; however, the entire thing, as YOU point out, rests on this one statement:

“and if the city does it properly”

Having lived in this city for 32 years, I don’t have that much faith in our municipality. In a perfect world, sure; but certainly not in Toronto, and definitely not on the Danforth. If the city does it properly, I can GUARANTEE that every single business owner on the Danforth would embrace bike lanes, and would probably even supply the paint. Business owners are NOT anti-bike lane, they are anti-loss of parking, plain and simple. If you equate one to the next, then you need to understand that life is not black and white. Cyclists cash is as good as anyone else’s – we’re really not that picky.

As a former business owner, I would LOVE to see permanent parking on the Danforth beyond 4pm, but this is a short-sighted proposal. The Danforth is a MAJOR artery linking downtown Toronto (where 95% of downtown workers live OUTSIDE of downtown) to the East end of Toronto. To keep permanent parking beyond 4pm would reduce rush hour traffic from 2 lanes to 1 lane leaving the city. It’s busy enough as it is with 2 lanes – try to imagine cutting this down by 50%. If that’s not clear enough, imagine cutting down any major artery or highway by 50% during rush hour. DVP down to 1.5 lanes, 401 down to Collector lanes only – how does that sound?

Like everyone here, I would love to have my cake and eat it too, but until we can pick up buildings and move them back a dozen feet – I just don’t see this happening without seriously affecting traffic and parking.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 08:52 AM PDT

It looks like they’ve made the page “private” and only viewable by members of the BIA… no matter… keep sending in your emails… a lot have been sent already… and some of them will be on the Support Bikelanes on the Danforth topic on the Forum.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 08:45 AM PDT

Well, looks like they realized this initiative was a poorly thought through idea. The page has been pulled from the BIA site.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:42 AM PDT

Pro-cyclist business directory is a fantastic idea!!!

We’ve started a Bloor-Danforth bikelane discussion on the new forum… and perhaps we can get a directory started on the forum as well. It would be a fantastic resource for cyclists all over the city… not just the Danforth. :)

Micheal’s idea is cool too… having “Pro-Bikelane” signs in supportive businesses… kind of like the “No Big Box” signs that were all over Leslieville when they were fighting the SmartCentres/WalMart plan.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:29 AM PDT

“…pro-cyclist business directory”
Terrific idea Michael… Might be a legit business plan for any entrepreneurial sort that wants to start a business (ad revenues). Perhaps our gracious host on bikingToronto.com
tks

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 07:04 AM PDT

or maybe a more positive pro-cyclist business directory

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:59 AM PDT

Thanks for posting this.

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:59 AM PDT

Nice idea, sticker awareness campaign in the future for toronto cyclists?

Re: Support Bikelanes on the Danforth!

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 06:54 AM PDT

I would love to know exactly which businesses are coming out against bike lanes so I make sure not to patronize them in the future.

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