You may remember our post from a couple weeks ago when the Public Works Committee decided that a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist bridge that would link historic Fort York (and waterfront neighbourhoods) to the park system and neighbourhoods north of the railway tracks along the waterfront) cost too much money and it would be better to scrap it, ignoring the attractions of such a bridge to area residents (north and south of the tracks), condominium developers, and Toronto in general.
The bridge (and it’s supporters) are not going quietly into the night however.
A Save the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge website has been set up (with online petition) and many prominent City Councillors and former mayoral (and premier) candidates (John Tory) are lining themselves up to save the bridge.
The Save the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge website has some suggested text to email, but feel free to edit or change it yourself:
Dear Mayor (or Councillor),
I am writing to you as a proud citizen of the City of Toronto to express my surprise and disappointment at the decision by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee to refer the matter of the Fort York Pedestrian Cycle Bridge back to staff, and to strongly urge you and City Council to reconsider this decision at its May 17th meeting.
The development of The Fort York Pedestrian Cycle Bridge was conceived to be a key waterfront revitalization project that would improve access to the historic fort, spur local development, link a network of parks, and allow cyclists to avoid busy streets.
The motion to refer this matter back to staff, as presented to City Council, does more than just postpone the pedestrian bridge – it effectively kills it.
This is simply unacceptable.
As a resident of the community most affected by the cancellation of this important economic, historic and environmental project, I ask that you consider the resources already invested into advancing and developing this project and in particular to consider the many benefits that this landmark project will deliver to our local communities and indeed the City of Toronto.
I respectfully and urgently request that you ask Council to reconsider this costly decision and allow the development of The Fort York Pedestrian Cycle Bridge to proceed as planned.
Here are the email addresses of the mayor and all the City Councillors, if you don’t know which one is yours, you can look that up here:
City Council meets on Tuesday (the 17th) and Wednesday (the 18th) next week, so be sure and write the Mayor and City Council before then (and get your friends to do it too!)