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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto council approves Eglinton Connects renewal plan

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Good news… Eglinton Connects (which has separated bikelanes) has been approved by Council.  The Ford schmoes again prove their idiocy by their statements about something hurting drivers (the only kind of Torontonian with rights in Ford’s Toronto).  I used to live at Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant and there was ALWAYS only one lane of moving cars in each direction for the stretch in question (Avenue to Mt. Pleasant) because of parked cars in each curblane.  Even during rush hours there would always be illegal parkers.

Very disappointed in Josh Matlow and his saying that the original plan would have hurt motorists.

Matlow moved to add right-turn lanes in both directions at key intersections between Avenue Rd. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. to avoid blocking the through lane. That change was approved 28-5.

Josh… the whole point of making a street more attractive to businesses and pedestrians and cyclists is to make the street work for PEOPLE.  Not for cars.  For PEOPLE.  People who live and work on Eglinton.  Not the people just using Eglinton as a thoroughfare.

Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford attempted Friday to trash the Eglinton Connects streetscape plan as a “war on the car,” despite a move to ease the impact of the remodel on motorists.

The brothers’ arguments failed to gain traction with council, which voted 26-7 for the plan.

It calls for wider sidewalks, more trees, bike lanes and other amenities, while shrinking through traffic to one lane in each direction between Mount Pleasant and Avenue Rds.

Full Article: Toronto council approves Eglinton Connects renewal plan | Metro.

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