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Sheppard Avenue: Toronto's next best bikeway?

Rendering of Sheppard Avenue looking east toward Leslie Street


We launched the Connect Sheppard campaign in June to advocate for the beginning of a network of connected, protected bike lanes on major roads in North York. Now is the first chance to move this project forward. The City is proposing big improvements for Sheppard Avenue from just east of Yonge Street to Leslie Street as well as Willowdale Avenue.

Progress on Port Union Road Bike Lanes & Public Meeting

You may have heard that the City’s proposing a slew of cycling projects to be built in 2022-2024. We shared an overview of the proposed Cycling Plan update so that you can email City Council before they vote on the proposed projects.

One of those projects is for a Port Union bikeway. A second public meeting is happening Tuesday about the Port Union Road improvements. We asked you to attend the first meeting in May and ask for three things:

Join O’Connor Drive Road Safety Town Hall

It’s time for O’Connor Drive to be redesigned as a complete street — safer and healthier for everyone. Following an 81 year-old’s life being taken on O’Connor near Pape Avenue, local Councillors Fletcher and Bradford are working with local residents to turn O’Connor from a dangerous driving thoroughfare to a safe public space.

O’Connor is designed to be treated as a highway near family homes, schools, and businesses; an extension of the Don Valley Parkway. This community deserves safer, healthier public spaces. 

ACTION: Protected bike lanes on Ellesmere & Kingston from McCowan to the Rouge

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The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DSBRT) project is about more than just dedicated bus lanes; its vision includes protected cycling infrastructure on Ellesmere and Kingston Roads from McCowan Road all the way to the Rouge Valley. 

Tragedy on Avenue Road not an Anomaly

Avenue Road just north of Bloor Street. Photo courtesy of Michael Aitkens/CBC


Last Wednesday, Miguel Joshua Escanan’s young life was taken while riding his bike on Avenue Road, metres beyond the end of ActiveTO bike lanes (and where a speedway begins). Avenue is not an anomaly; it is one of many six-lane highways cutting through Toronto that the City itself has identified as needing safety improvements.

Action Alert: Support 2021 cycling projects and ask for more!

Rendering of Martin Grove Road

The next slate of proposed 2021 cycling infrastructure will be voted on at the May 25 Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) meeting. Combined, they make up just over nine kilometres of new bike lanes. Scarborough doesn’t have a single centimetre. The projects are useful connections, but not enough to meaningfully build out a safe cycling network across the city.