Cycle Toronto is a member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all. The more members we have, the greater the influence we hold at City Hall. Member dues also provide us with a key source of funding for our advocacy and outreach. All membership levels give you voting rights at our AGM and other membership benefits and perks. Your Cycle Toronto member card is also good for redeeming perks through our member discount program, which includes select flat-fix coverage, Bike Bike t-shirts, and a ride with Executive Director.
Following up on the post about this last week, you can now get involved and help save the Re-Imagining Yonge Project from an arbitrary and baseless budget cut proposal that will only endanger lives, in direct odds with Toronto’s adoption of Vision Zero.
Cycle Toronto has sent out the following Action Alert (and I’ve included email and more information below, again courtesy of Cycle Toronto, as it doesn’t seem to be on their website yet):
Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, Residents Associations and local residents were expecting discussion of Re-Imagining Yonge (Sheppard to Finch) at the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee this quarter. If approved, Re-Imagining Yonge would widen sidewalks, build separated bike lanes, and beautify the public realm on this bustling section of Yonge Street north of Highway 401.
We were shocked to learn this week that Toronto’s Executive Committee supported a motion by Councillor David Shiner to slash $4 million from proposed funding that would make Re-imagining Yonge Street possible. The vote defers consideration of the Re-imagining Yonge Street Sheppard to Finch capital project to 2018.
We are deeply concerned that this delay could kill the project altogether.
Action Alert: Write Mayor Tory Now to Reinstate Re-Imagining Yonge
Instructions: Email the above contacts. Be sure to include EX22.2 in the subject line. Creativity matters. Include your personal story. Consider including your mailing address; it carries more weight.
Deadline: Please write Mayor Tory and your councillor by Wednesday February 15 at 9:00am.
Background: Top 5 reasons to reinstate the project now!
1) Re-Imagining Yonge is essential to Toronto’s Vision Zero goal for a safer city.
Last year, Toronto committed to Vision Zero. However, the current configuration of Yonge St does not support an appropriate balance of safety and traffic throughput for its current and future context as a bustling downtown environment. One study noted a total of 66 pedestrian/cyclist injuries from 2012 to 2014 on this section of Yonge St., and this figure only includes injuries that were formally reported and documented. Three of these injuries were classified as KSI (killed or seriously injured) including one fatal pedestrian injury. The study also found a total of 1,070 vehicle collisions. The Re-Imagining Yonge proposal is focused on improving safety for all users.
2) Massive population growth requires rebalancing the public space
There has been massive population growth in this area of Toronto as many large condo and mixed-use towers are continually being built along the subway line. The population density here is comparable to downtown, and has resulted in very high pedestrian volumes including families with children accessing downtown North York’s civic centre, library, schools, restaurants, and many other amenities. Unfortunately, Yonge St is currently an unwelcoming place to walk or ride a bike and also has documented safety deficiencies.
The Re-Imagining Yonge proposal includes many improvements to the public space along Yonge St. The old, narrow, and crumbling sidewalks would be replaced with new, wider sidewalks. Improved street furniture and landscaping would be added while maintaining some existing mature trees. Enhancements would also be made to three existing public squares adjacent to the street. All of these changes will greatly enhance the public experience of the many people who travel, work, and live in this community each day. This beautified and enhanced active transportation realm would also greatly benefit the high number of small businesses along and adjacent to Yonge Street.
3) Deferring Re-Imagining Yonge could cost the City $2 million
Thanks to funding through the Federal Government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), 50% of the $4 million earmarked for Re-Imagining Yonge is paid for by the Feds. Deferring this project to the future means that we won’t have that money to help pay for this much needed piece of the City’s infrastructure.
4) Unlocking cycling’s potential in North York
Yonge north of the 401 is a key part of Toronto’s 10 year bike plan approved in June and moves towards the Minimum Grid of cycling infrastructure that we need to be a world-class cycling city. The north end of the proposed cycle tracks are at Bishop Avenue, which would include a direct connection to the existing Finch Hydro Corridor trail. This trail runs east-west from beyond the Don River all the way to Jane St, forming safe connections to many destinations including York University. With Re-Imagining Yonge’s implementation, a student living at Yonge & Sheppard could safely ride their bike to York University on safe, entirely separated bike infrastructure. Beyond the areas that the cycling network in North York currently supports, Re-Imagining Yonge’s connection to Finch station also provides connections to the subway, TTC bus routes, York Regional Transit bus routes and regional GO transit.
5) Public support
Over 2,000 people have signed the Yonge Loves Bikes pledge already! Earlier this summer we held a brief tabling session at Mel Lastman Square, where over 120 people signed the pledge in less than 2 hours and signers were overwhelmingly positive about making Yonge a more inviting and safer place for everyone!
Deadline for nominations is tomorrow, Feb. 13, 2017.
The Cycle Toronto AGM will be happening in late March, and there will be openings on their Board. This is a good way to get involved in making Toronto bike-friendlier, if you’ve been thinking about how to make Toronto better in 2017 (and beyond):
At this time, we would like to announce our annual call for nominees to our run in our election for the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors, in accordance with Cycle Toronto’s Board Talent Plan, is committed to recruiting, nominating and supporting skilled candidates for the Board that reflect the diversity of our membership and Toronto at large. Cycle Toronto encourages Board applications from women, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, members who live outside of the downtown core, and members of Toronto’s First Nations, LGBT, cultural, religious and linguistic communities.
This year we are looking for individuals with the following qualifications, skills and experience: finance/accounting, previous board experience, fundraising, business development and/or strategic networks, and marketing.
For more information, please see our Job Description.
To submit an application, please fill out our on-line Nomination Form.
It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for Cycle Toronto‘s Street Smarts donation drive. This is in partnership with CultureLink, a registered charity, so your donation will get you a tax receipt!
Just make sure to select “2 – Cycling Program – Street Smarts Educational Activities” when the donation form asks you if you want to apply your donattion to a specific fund.
Here’s a screenshot to show you how to make sure your charitable donation funds Cycle Toronto work:
Our December E-appeal is underway! We’re aiming to raise $30,000 our 2017 Street Smarts program:https://www.cycleto.ca/
Donate via CultureLink in December and get a charitable tax receipt: https://
We need your help to ensure we can achieve our plans for 2017 when
we’ll grow Get Lit! to be even more successful, distribute more Toronto Cyclists Handbooks, and launch a Road User Etiquette Campaign!
Source: Cycle Toronto Facebook Page
The 42 councillors and 1 mayor who did NOT show up for this event should be ashamed of themselves.
The group – Friends & Families for Safe Streets – officially launched Tuesday at City Hall. It is spearheaded by people such as Mr. Stark, all of whom have lost a family member or close friend in a road collision.
With two of Toronto’s 44 councillors in attendance, they held photos of these victims and signs decrying the impact of “road violence” – a term that echoes protests from the early decades of motoring, when fatal collisions sparked outrage against “death drivers.”
“The gravity of the harm calls for actions,” said Yu Li, whose close friend was killed while cycling. “And the term of road violence will have that effect of bringing this to the conscience of everybody, that these are not accidents. These are preventable and these are tragedies with grave consequences.”