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Toronto Police and CAA Launch “Watch for Bikes” Campaign

 

This morning, the Toronto Police Service and the South Central Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Automobile Association launched their annual “Watch for Bikes” sticker campaign (PDF):

Watch for Bikes

So far this year in Toronto, 106 cyclists have been involved in car−bike collisions and 40 charges of “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” have been laid. In 2010, there were approximately 1,290 car−bike collisions in Toronto.As we enter the mid−point of Bike Month, Traffic Services, and its community partner CAA
South Central Ontario, would like to continue to promote safety between vehicles and
bicycles, with the “Watch for Bikes” sticker safety campaign.

This program basically allows drivers to pick up stickers they can put on their rearview mirrors to remind themselves to look for cyclists before swinging open their doors.

In past years, you could pick up stickers at your local bike stores, CAA Offices, Police Stations, and Community, Recreation, or Civic Centres.  Does that hold true this year?  Not sure yet.

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Despite Campaign, Fort York Bridge proclaimed Dead

The Fort York Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridge is, for all intents and purposes, dead.

Some background, in case you haven’t been following along:

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.

 

Despite the best efforts of Councillor Mike Layton and almost half of City Council, 2/3 of Council did not support Layton’s motion to move the matter from Committee (Public Works) to Council (in order to have a proper discussion and debate about it).

This wasn’t just a cycling infrastructure project – this was a project for cyclists, pedestrians, 2 neighbourhoods (north and south of the railway tracks) and condo developers.  This was a city building project.

It wasn’t cheap, but who said building a quality city is cheap?  Do we really want to build a cheap city?  23 of the 45 people on Council do – and this is who they are (the NO votes):

[thanks to BlogTO from grabbing the above image from the motion documents]

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Two Things you can do to Support the Fort York Bridge

This information is from Save the Fort York Bridge , who is publicizing the following to help drum up support for overturning the decision to scrap the beautiful pedestrian and cyclist bridge planned for Fort York:

1. 1000 Letters to Mayor. The Battle Is On To Save The Fort York Bridge
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144787658927784

Thu May 12 between 4pm to 7pm at 15 Stafford Street

Call To Action: Torontonians
We plan to deliver 1000 letters to Mayor Ford and Cc to Councillor Mike Layton, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong and Councillor David Shiner. Be part of this. Drop by and sign the letters.

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144787658927784

 

 


2. Garrison Creek: Discover The Missing Link with Councillor Layton
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165887126804565
Sat May 14 between 1pm to 2:30pm; starting point Trinity Bellwoods, northeast corner at Dundas/Shaw 

Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe founded modern urban Toronto (i.e. Town of York), when he established Fort York in 1793. At that time, Garrison Creek flowed in a large deep ravine with several tributaries, from north of St. Clair Avenue to Lake Ontario. The creek had sparkling clear water and was famous for its salmon fishing. The British built Fort York at the mouth of the creek to guard against possible American attempts to invade Canada.

Walk with Councillor Mike Layton as we join Garrison Creek from a starting point of Trinity Bellwoods at the northwest corner (Dundas/Shaw). The route leads you along the now-buried Garrison Creek valley from the park down to Lake Ontario.

Discover the missing link.

Walk it. Bike it. Bring your dog.

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165887126804565

 


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Join the Email Campaign to save the Fort York Bridge

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.

If you haven’t signed the petition yet, be sure and do that… but more importantly, call and/or email your local city councillor – they pay a lot of attention to feedback from citizens.

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:

mayor_ford@toronto.ca,
councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca,
councillor_augimeri@toronto.ca,
councillor_bailao@toronto.ca,
councillor_berardinetti@toronto.ca,
councillor_carroll@toronto.ca,
councillor_cho@toronto.ca,
councillor_colle@toronto.ca,
councillor_crawford@toronto.ca,
councillor_crisanti@toronto.ca,
councillor_davis@toronto.ca,
councillor_debaeremaeker@toronto.ca,
councillor_delgrande@toronto.ca,
councillor_digiorgio@toronto.ca,
councillor_doucette@toronto.ca,
councillor_filion@toronto.ca,
councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca,
councillor_dford@toronto.ca,
councillor_fragedakis@toronto.ca,
councillor_grimes@toronto.ca,
councillor_holyday@toronto.ca,
councillor_kelly@toronto.ca,
councillor_layton@toronto.ca,
councillor_lee@toronto.ca,
councillor_lindsay_luby@toronto.ca,
councillor_mammoliti@toronto.ca,
councillor_matlow@toronto.ca,
councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca,
councillor_mcmahon@toronto.ca,
councillor_mihevc@toronto.ca,
councillor_milczyn@toronto.ca,
councillor_minnan-wong@toronto.ca,
councillor_moeser@toronto.ca,
councillor_nunziata@toronto.ca,
councillor_palacio@toronto.ca,
councillor_parker@toronto.ca,
councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca,
councillor_perks@toronto.ca,
councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca,
councillor_robinson@toronto.ca,
councillor_shiner@toronto.ca,
councillor_stintz@toronto.ca,
councillor_thompson@toronto.ca,
councillor_vaughan@toronto.ca,
councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca,

save@fortyorkbridge.ca,

bridge@bikingtoronto.com

 

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!)

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