Shocking news from the Executive Committee of Toronto City Council this week. At this time of heightened awareness and sensitivity of all the traffic violence deaths happening on Toronto’s roads as well as Toronto’s adoption of a Vision Zero policy, a planned re-imagining of Yonge St. (between Sheppard and Finch) to make it safer for all road users has been threatened with a budget cut.
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 to 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.
These proposed cuts will come before City Council for approval on Feb 15, 2017. Please call Mayor Tory (416-397-2489 ) and your city councillor today to tell them, that this is not acceptable.