Move365 | Eglinton for Everyone
Mission & Vision
Imagine being able to ride bikes with your entire family on Eglinton Avenue without any fear in Etobicoke, Scarborough, and Midtown. With protected bike lanes it would be a fun, easy, and healthy experience getting to school, the grocery store, or your favourite dinner spot.
Calling for protected bike lanes on Eglinton Avenue is about more than transportation — our streets have the power to connect communities, improve our mental and physical health, provide space for children to play, and allow businesses to thrive.
Cycle Toronto is advocating for reimagining our streets to their full potential and making them work better for everyone. While people will still be able to drive, other options, like biking, will be a lot more appealing with safe spaces on the road. This is a conversation about safe, healthy, and sustainable mobility options for people across our entire city.
We pledge to support this vision through our Move365 framework. Join the pledge with us by signing your name below.
Rendering of Eglinton Avenue by the City of Toronto
Years of construction of the Eglinton Avenue Crosstown LRT has hindered the growth of communities along Eglinton and the businesses that sit on it. In the project there are already plans for protected bike lanes, better pedestrian infrastructure, and other streetscape improvements, but much of this is unfunded.
Completing protected bike lanes now — by the time the LRT opens in 2022 — will allow for recovery to begin sooner and proceed faster while promoting healthy living. It would allow the street to become a place for people of all ages and abilities to choose how they want to move — to ride bikes, to walk, to use mobility devices, to take transit, and to drive.
In the short term, affordable quickbuild materials, like those seen on Danforth Avenue and Yonge Street, could be used to establish protected bikeways, patios, and greenery, while allowing for parking.
Permanent improvements along all portions of the LRT from Weston Road to Kennedy Road need to come shortly after.
Connecting Eglinton will mean extending protected bike lanes beyond the boundaries of the LRT; they’ll need to connect to the multi-use path west of Jane Street, and in Scarborough, improving the RapidTO facilities with dedicated cycling lanes to Kingston Road.
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