John Tory continues his plan to be THE Anti-Bike mayoral candidate. Everyone knows Rob Ford is, but Rob Ford is old news, and John Tory will flip and flop in whatever direction will get him votes… and he’s after “Ford Nation” votes. Plus Nick Kouvalis is Tory’s lead strategist this time around. You may remember him as the ass who tapped into the less-intelligent voters of Toronto last time round, getting Ford elected.
It doesn’t matter to Tory that he’s wrong. That Eglinton Connects INCREASES traffic capacity. He says what will give him votes.
Props to Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz for doing their homework on this project and supporting it.
The plan, known as Eglinton Connects, is related to the light-rail line being built under the midtown road. Buried transit will reduce the need for bus lanes, freeing up space and prompting a reassessment of how best to use the roadway. Among the ideas are separated bicycle lanes and expanded sidewalks. In some parts of Eglinton, where there is lower demand, there would be fewer lanes for vehicles.
John Tory, who was on hand in Nathan Phillips Square for the launch of Caribana, said he wouldn’t support any project that takes traffic lanes out of service.
“The [traffic] study says that it’s going to lead to an increase in traffic on residential streets off Eglinton of 10 per cent and I don’t buy into that,” he said. “I don’t think that the residential people who live in there are counting on that.”