This is such a great news story. THIS is what cycling advocacy is all about.
Two years ago, a senior City staffer told me that we’d never achieve bike lanes on Eglinton. I reflected on this as I watched the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) unanimously approve the Eglinton Connects Environmental Assessment last week, which includes 11km of protected bike lanes. It was a remarkable win for Cycle Toronto, and our Eglinton Working Group in particular, where we put your member dues to work.
Our working group worked doggedly over the past 2 years ensuring cyclists were involved in the EA process every step of the way. We sent Action Alerts encouraging cyclists to attend public meetings. We built partnerships with Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), community groups and schools along the corridor. We supported the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, which provided crucial data on the importance of cyclists for Main Street businesses. We did effective advocacy with elected officials. And we worked with the consultant team and City staff to provide advice on design.