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E-bikes banned from Martin Goodman Trail

via the Toronto Star:

A sign that went up quietly last week prohibits electric bikes from using the Martin Goodman Trail.

Perched at the entrance near Bathurst St. and Queens Quay W., the sign is raising the ire of electric bike (or e-bike) users.

The ban is “inconsistent” with the shift to greener ways of travel, said Lock Hughes, treasurer of the Toronto Electric Riders Association, which represents users of electric two-wheelers.

He added that the ban on “motor power assisted bikes” is vague and can refer to anything from an e-bike to a scooter or Segway, which are all different sizes and speeds. E-bikes generally resemble conventional bicycles but with a small motor.

A city bylaw restricts the use of bike paths to bicycles, defined as vehicles operating solely on “muscular power,” Lukasz Pawlowski of Transportation Services said, adding staff are in discussions to rework the term.

Read the full article at the Star

[photo from the Star]

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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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