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City Council Votes “No” to University Avenue Bikelanes

Bad news from City Council today… coming after the good news of BIXI Toronto getting the go-ahead yesterday.

The vote was apparently tied… 13-13.  What happened to the other half of Council??

“City council has voted against putting bike lanes on University Avenue this summer — but one councillor may have accidentally voted the wrong way.

Coun. Paula Fletcher apparently voted against the bike lanes motion by mistake.

The proposal had been recommended to council by the Public Works Committee for a pilot study.

The pilot project would have set up a protected lane for bicyclists, using a temporary barrier that would have been removed in the fall.

Toronto’s cycling community has pushed for bike lanes on University Avenue because it connects to several east- and west-bound roadways, making it easier for cyclists to travel across the city.”

[from CTV Toronto]

  • Matt Alexander

    So who wants to join me for a morning ride on University tomorrow? 7:30am to 9:30am or so.

    We can do a loop from Queen’s Park circle down to Adelaide and back.

  • Anyone know where to find who voted which way on the bill? There’s some mayoral candidates in the mix, and some councilors for up for reelection in October. Be good to know where they stood here.

  • Matt Alexander

    http://torontocitycouncil.blogspot.com/2010/05/motions-and-votes-on-2010-bikeway.html

    Looks like Pantalone was the only mayoral candidate who was even present.

  • duncan

    Pretty amazing that councillors representing the suburbs have the power to completely remove an infrastructure project from the downtown.

    Here’s a summary of who voted. The YES vote here indicates a motion to REMOVE the bike lane pilot project:

    YES Ainslie Ward 43 Scarborough East
    YES Ashton Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest
    YES Del Grande Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt
    YES Fletcher Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth (Possibly a “whoops”)
    YES Grimes Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore
    YES Hall Ward 1 Etobicoke North
    YES Holyday Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre
    YES Kelly Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt
    YES Lindsay Luby [Chair] Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre
    YES Minnan-Wong Ward 34 Don Valley East
    YES Moeser Ward 44 Scarborough East
    YES Nunziata Ward 11 York South-Weston
    YES Palacio Ward 17 Davenport
    YES Parker Ward 26 Don Valley West
    YES Perruzza Ward 8 York West

    NO Augimeri NO Davis NO De Baeremaeker NO Giambrone NO Heaps NO McConnell NO Mihevc NO Moscoe NO Pantalone NO Perks NO Rae NO Saundercook NO Vaughan

  • Here’s the Toronto Star article about the defeat/mis-vote:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/article/808731

  • To add to Duncan’s list, here are the 17 councillors (out of 44) who did not vote and/or didn’t bother to come out for the meeting:

    ABSENT Bussin Ward 32 Beaches-East York
    ABSENT Carroll Ward 33 Don Valley East
    ABSENT Cho Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River
    ABSENT Di Giorgio Ward 12 York South-Weston
    ABSENT Feldman Ward 10 York Centre
    ABSENT Filion Ward 23 Willowdale
    ABSENT Ford Ward 2 Etobicoke North
    ABSENT Jenkins Ward 25 Don Valley West
    ABSENT Lee Ward 41 Scarborough-Rouge River
    ABSENT Mammoliti Ward 7 York West
    ABSENT Milczyn Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore
    ABSENT Ootes Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth
    ABSENT Shiner Ward 24 Willowdale
    ABSENT Stintz Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence
    ABSENT Thompson Ward 37 Scarborough Centre
    ABSENT Walker Ward 22 St. Paul’s

    I don’t know about you, but I have WAY more respect for the councillors who came out and voted against the bike lanes than for the councillors who stayed home. I would have liked to have been represented in the debate, Cllr Bussin. Thanks for that. I’ll remember this in October.

  • 16. My bad.

  • Agreed Greg. Although I don’t agree with the actions of many councillors, they are representing their constituents (not all of whom like bikes, of course), and that’s what democracy is about.

    For all of Ford and Mammolitti’s anti-bike talk in the mayoral campaign, they don’t even show up to a vote about it?

  • IH8ttc

    Thank God! I love the poetic justice that the hysterical, daffy dame, Paula Fletcher would f… up badly enough to queer the deal for the lunatic fringe in this increasingly demented city.

    Sandra Bussin wasn’t there because poor Sandra doesn’t know for whom she works; God knows where she wound up.

    After the carnage that occurred on a Quebec road today that took the lives of at least three cyclists, can the lefties STILL not see that without a physical barrier between cars and bikes, tragedies will become commonplace. Let’s try and apply some reason to this situation rather than rushing to establish situations ( eg. unprotected bike lanes on University ) that are likely to result in needless horror and suffering. If we can put infrastructure in place to separate cars and bikes, let’s look at that option. Let’s not create a disaster just waiting to happen.


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