The YongeTOmorrow project will be voted on by Toronto City Council later today and we expect it to pass. At time of posting, 15 Councillors have pledged their support for a redesign of Yonge Street downtown that puts people before cars.
This support didn’t materialize overnight. Creating a vision for a bold new look for an iconic street where there are pedestrian priority sections, bike lanes, cafes, and new greenery took years of work by hundreds of people. Volunteers, advocates, community leaders, organizations, City staff, and elected officials all had to work together to get to this point.
While this project won’t be complete for several years, we are pleased with the continued success along Yonge, including the REimagining Yonge in North York, and the progress toward ActiveTO bike lanes connecting midtown with downtown.
The list of supporters at YongeTOmorrow.ca doesn’t even begin to encapsulate the number of people that have worked together on this project. Working together is the key here. It’s about finding where your priorities align and listening to each other in areas they don’t. We want to help you effectively advocate what your priorities and needs are and that is why we host the Cycle Toronto Advocacy Forum.
The 2021 Cycle Toronto Advocacy Forum starts tomorrow (February 3) and has six sessions over three days. The session “How you can get involved in cycling advocacy” with our Campaigns Manager, Kevin Rupasinghe, is free for anyone to attend and is a great place to start. The other sessions are free for Cycle Toronto members ($30 for non-members to attend all sessions) and cover a range of topics with a wide range of speakers including elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and more.