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City Council Discusses BikeSharing and Bike Network Plans Tomorrow

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Following up on the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee discussions of a couple weeks ago regarding implementing a BikeSharing system in Toronto as well as improvements to the Bikeway Network, both of these items go before Toronto City Council tomorrow.

I think we can all expect many news articles about a so-called “War on the Car” and mayoral candidates thinking their views on bikelanes should decide policy even though they haven’t been elected yet.

Here are the details of each item:

Proposed Public Bicycle Program

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

1.         City Council declare the public bicycle program to be a municipal capital facility related to the provision of a transportation system and recreational facilities for City purposes and public use pursuant to Section 252 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, and pass a by-law to authorize the entering into of an agreement for the provision of the facility, and request that the City Clerk give notice of the municipal capital facility by-law as required under the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

2.         City Council authorize staff to negotiate and finalize an agreement with Public Bike System Company (PBSC) for the supply and operation of a public bicycle program for a term of approximately ten years based on the terms and conditions as contained in the Attachment to the report (April 1, 2010) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, and including such other terms and conditions satisfactory to the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, the City Solicitor and the General Manager, Transportation Services.

3.         City Council grant authority to provide to the Public Bike System Company’s financial institution a capital loan guarantee in the amount of $4,800,000.00 (inclusive of all interest costs payable by PBSC), for a ten year term commencing on November 30, 2010 until November 30, 2020, on the following conditions…

[read more on the City’s website, item 32.8]

2010 Bikeway Network Program

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

1.         City Council approve the installation of bicycle lanes on the following roadways:

  • a.         Bay Street, from Queens Quay West to Front Street West and from Dundas Street West to College Street;
  • b.         Lansdowne Avenue, from Bloor Street West to Dupont Street;
  • c.          Rathburn Road, from Mimico Creek to Kipling Avenue;
  • d.          Spadina Crescent, from Spadina Avenue South to Spadina Avenue North;
  • e.         York Mills Road, from Scarsdale Road to Lesmill Road;
  • f.           Westhumber Boulevard, from Martin Grove Road to Kipling Avenue; and
  • g.         Ellis Avenue, from Morningside Avenue to The Queensway.
  • 2.         City Council approve modifications to the existing bicycle lanes on Annette Street between Runnymede Road and Westholme Avenue, and between Beresford Avenue and Runnymede Road, to provide additional parking along the north and south sides of the street, respectively.

    3.         City Council approve modifications to the existing bicycle lanes on Pharmacy Avenue, to move the start of the bicycle lanes from a point 30 metres south of Alvinston Road to Alvinston Road.

    4.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services, to undertake a pilot project to install and evaluate protected bicycle lanes on University Avenue and Queens Park Crescent between Queen Street West and Wellesley Street West / Hoskin Avenue, for a period not to exceed 12 weeks between July and September 30, 2010, in consultation with the Ward Councillors and a Stakeholder Advisory Group established for the sole purpose of the pilot project.

    5.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the results of the evaluation of the University Avenue/Queens Park Crescent protected bicycle lane pilot project.

    [read more on the City’s website, item 32.9]

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