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The News Cycle for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Cycling safely toward a better city [Toronto Star]

Mostly an article with Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities about what is needed to make Toronto a great cycling city (hint – it’s things other cities like NYC, London, Montreal and Vancouver are doing)

Bixi Toronto Newsletter – November 2011 [Bixi]

The November edition of Bixi Toronto’s newsletter is out and includes information about some Bixi Stations moving in preparation for winter, a VIA Rail discount to BIXI members, how to gives someone a BIXI for Christmas, and Bixi Statistics (including 300,000 trips taken so far)!

Derailed: A Bike Union Dance Party [Toronto Cyclists Union]

Get your groove on with the Toronto Cyclists Union.  This Friday night is Derailed, a dance party at CSI Annex on Friday Nov 11! Doors at 9:00. Presentations until 10:00. Silent Auction, raffles and dancing all night long.  Bike Union members get in free. Non-members = $5.

Cyclist killed in west Toronto collision [CBC]

Toronto’s second cyclist has died in traffic this year after a truck hit a woman at Dundas West and Sterling Rd, which is where the West Toronto Railpath ends.

 Bikelanes on Leslie? Let’s Make It Happen! Nov 9, 6pm

Let’s make Leslie St better for walking and cycling (to food stores, parks and the Spit)!!! The TTC is considering re-designs of Leslie Street between Queen St E and Lakeshore Blvd as you read this. Have your say: TTC designers will be presenting at a public meeting.

Wednesday, November 9
Open house: 6pm
Presentation + Q&A: 6:30-8:30
Toronto Fire Academy/EMS 895 Eastern Ave

 

[image from the Star]

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Making Leslie St. Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Leslie and EasternOn Saturday, Nov. 20th, a group of people in South Riverdale got together to have a look at the safety features (or lack thereof) for pedestrians and cyclists on the stretch of Leslie Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Queen St. The street will be reconstructed when the TTC builds their new streetcar car barns on the South East corner of Leslie and Lakeshore – as tracks will run up Leslie to Queen.

Embedded here are the notes from the Leslie Safety Tour, from Paul Young of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

Leslie safety tour nov 20 2010

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What do you think?  Is Leslie a good street to be a north-south connector for cyclists and pedestrians?
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Does TTC Environmental Assessment for Lakeshore Facility ignore Cyclists?

Martin Goodman Trail, looking west towards LeslieThe TTC is planning on building a substantial “Barns” facility on the southeast corner of Leslie St. and Lake Shore Blvd., and has just completed an Environmental Assessment.

Paul Young of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre has sent along his review of the EA:

As you may know SET BUG and Bike Sauce have been attending meetings and voicing concerns about safety for cyclists and primarily pedestrians. The shopping concentration is a destination for every day needs. It is also a gateway to the Leslie Spit and the Lakeshore multi-use trail. My understanding is many people walk or bike to this area to shop and recreate and many commuters travel through it by car.

I skimmed through the Transportation study and noted:

  • “traffic” does not include pedestrians or cyclists
  • No mention of cycling facilities in the immediate area (Eastern, Lakeshore and Martin Goodman)
  • % of people biking or walking to work is assumed to be 3% (transit 17% and Cars 80%) pg. 8 traffic study
  • No traffic counts done on weekend (I may have missed them)
  • All “mitigation measures” are addressing car traffic
  • No evidence of re-routing heavy trucks
  • I couldn’t see anything on the status of parking (may have missed it)
  • No evidence of pedestrian or bicycle analysis (of circulation or volumes) at all.

I skimmed the Environmental Project Report Volume 1 and found

  • No evidence that Toronto Transportation (cycling or otherwise) was engaged in the process
  • Loads of comments regarding walking and safety issues on Leslie (among other things).

Please take a moment to have a look and compile any thoughts.   Send them along and we can think about how to bundle them up and send them in.

Also, the TTC has dropped of a copy of these reports at various locations including the Jones Library, Beaches Library and here at the Health Centre. Let me know if you want to borrow copy for a day or so.

Also, a small group of residents SET BUG and Bike Sauce people will be meeting with the TTC in the second week of October. Please pass along any ideas and let me know if you would like to be included in any correspondence.

Thanks, Paul

What do you think?  I’m rather surprised that bike-related stuff seems to be ignored… the Martin-Goodman Trail and the connecting path to the Leslie Street Spit are quite busy routes for cyclists AND pedestrians (not to mention rollerbladers).

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