The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild’s (TORR) report on the impacts and opportunities of COVID-19 was recently completed and discussed at City Council this week. The report was approved by Council as a guiding document for the future of Toronto.
The Major Road Openings and Quiet Streets were first introduced in early May to create space for people to exercise safely and avoid crowding in parks and trails during the first wave of COVID-19 cases. This past Sunday was the final day for the ActiveTO Major Road Openings and the following day Ontario reported 700 new COVID-19 cases — the highest number yet and proof that we are headed into a second wave. We asked our Action Alert mailing list subscribers: is now the time to take away space from people to be outdoors and safely practice physical distancing?
Amid the biggest one-year expansion of new bike lanes in Toronto’s history, a new poll shows 84 per cent of residents across the city support building protected bike lanes.
The City of Toronto has built almost 40 kilometres of on-street bike lanes since January when EKOS Research last conducted polling on the subject. Support for building protected bike lanes has increased from 79 per cent in January.
Photo of bike lanes on Brimley Avenue (left) and map of suggestions received (right). Photo of Brimley bike lanes by Michelle Kearns. Full interactive map below.
This is a guest blog post, originally written by Laura Fylyshtan, volunteer writer, for pointA.
Not far from my house is the lovely multi-use West Dean Trail. A gently winding path tucked between residential neighbourhoods, this trail connects to the Eglinton West Trail which in turn connects to the Mid-Humber Trail. As far as recreation goes, it is possible for me to cycle for quite some time along safe and enjoyable routes. I am very fortunate.
Many of Toronto’s bike lanes are not permanent, they are part of ActiveTO. If City Council does not hear support from constituents, they could be ripped out faster than they were installed. Sign the petition to keep ActiveTO bike lanes now.
See the Greektown blue painted buffer on Danforth Avenue with parking to the left and the bike lane to the right. Physical separation will be installed on top of the buffer.
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