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Milkman’s Lane Reconstruction Information Session

via the City of Toronto:

Milkman’s Lane is a 300m, 3m wide gravel surface trail in Rosedale entering the Don Valley from South Drive near Craigleigh Gardens Park.

The trail is well-used by hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and joggers and connects the community to the Don Valley trail network and the Don Valley Brick Works. It has existed for over 130 years and was used historically by equestrians and for transportation of commercial goods, among other uses lost to history.

Due to ongoing severe erosion issues on Milkman’s Lane, the City of Toronto’s Natural Environment and Community Programs section of Urban Forestry is working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority on its reconstruction. This will include the installation of erosion control measures, resurfacing, and new fencing.

In addition to trail improvements, tree and forest understory health decline on the ravine slopes adjacent to Milkman’s Lane will be addressed. These slopes, and particularly the slope from Craigleigh Gardens Park, contain an extensive informal trail system and are subject to large volumes of off-trail traffic. This has resulted in soil compaction and the loss of understory vegetation, which in turn has caused slope erosion and tree damage. In order to protect the forest, which contains large oak and maple trees, as well as black cherry, hemlock, yellow birch, ironwood and the nationally endangered butternut, a comprehensive restoration plan and planting program will be implemented over the next 5-10 years to help promote forest regeneration, reduce invasive species and stabilize ravine slopes.

Construction will start in October of 2011 and take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

Please note that there is a Public Information Session on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011:

  • Open House: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Presentation: 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Discussion and comments: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • @ Evergreen Brick Works
  • Centre for Green Cities
  • Building 12
  • Blake’s Room (2nd floor)

For more information please call 311 or email trails@toronto.ca.


[photo from Toronto Ravines and Trails with Abbey]

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New Bikelane Opportunity – Royal York Reconstruction

via the City of Toronto on facebook:

There will be a public meeting tomorrow, to discuss the re-construction of Royal York Rd. from Dundas St. West to where the bike lanes end at Ashley Rd. This re-construction could be an opportunity to extend the existing bike lanes.

Meeting details:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011  –  6 to 9 p.m.
St. Giles Kingsway Church   (15 Lambeth Rd)

More details are here, but here are some excerpts from that link:

The construction work will result in:

  • Full pavement and sidewalk replacement
  • Construction of bicycle lanes in both directions
  • New left turn lanes at the Humbertown Plaza entrance and Royal York Court.
  • Reconfiguration of ramps onto Royal York Rd. from Dundas St. W. and Lambeth Rd.
  • Replacement of sanitary sewer, storm sewer and watermain where required
  • End of driveway repairs where required
  • Boulevard improvements including grass and new street trees

Continuation of Bike Lanes
Bicycle lanes provide safer cycling opportunities for families. They also reduce incidents of vehicles weaving around cyclists.

The City’s Official Bike Plan includes bicycle lanes on Royal York Road. These new lanes will connect with existing bike lanes on Royal York Road north of Ashley Road.

Royal York Bikelane Photo by BikingToronto Reader Sara

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