Action Alert: Write Public Works Now to Support 2016 Cycling Network Implementation Plan

Last year, we launched our Minimum Grid campaign calling on City Hall to increase cycling's annual capital budget from $8 million per year (base budget) to $20 million per year and build 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018. We worked hard and got commitment to our bike lane targets from 25 of 44 of Toronto's City Councillors. To add more specificity to our ask, we launched new campaigns on Bloor, Danforth and Yonge.

This summer, City Council approved the extension of the pilot Richmond Adelaide cycle tracks to Parliament and installation is underway now. Once complete, they will provide the beginnings of a safe, connected route for cyclists through downtown Toronto.  

This week, Transportation Services staff announced their plans for 2016 including 

  • Increasing cycling's annual capital budget by 44% from $9.5 million to $13.6 million

  • Pilot bicycle lane on Bloor St, and Major Corridor Studies on Bloor St and Yonge St

  • Bicycle lanes on Lakeshore Blvd W and Woodbine Ave

  • Upgrades to Simcoe St, Shuter St, River St and Gerrard St

  • Extension of the West Toronto Railpath, among other projects

The last time the City of Toronto installed so many kilometres of on-street bikeways was in 2008.

There's still a long way to go before approval and implementation of these projects. Building new bicycle lanes requires enacting by-laws, which means many of these projects will still come back to PWIC. We must also continue advocating that each of these projects lives up to the highest design standards. Nonetheless, it's important to recognize the work that City staff in Transportation Services have proposed here.

Toronto hasn't yet built the Minimum Grid, but this is an exciting moment for the cycling community to recognize that we're on the road to a safe, connected city-wide network.

Action Requested: write members of PWIC to show your support for the 2016 Cycling Network Implementation Plan

Members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee:

To: "PWIC" <>, “Councillor Jaye Robinson” <>, “Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon” <>, “Councillor Anthony Perruzza” <>, “Councillor Ron Moeser” <>, “Councillor Chin Lee” <>, “Councillor Stephen Holyday” <>

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Creativity matters. Include your personal story. And consider including your mailing address; it carries more weight. Please write by Monday September 21 at 4:30 pm.

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By Jared Kolb on Sep 17, 2015