If you’ve had a chance to ride your bike in any of the new bike lanes installed last summer through ActiveTO, it’s easy to see just how much more comfortable these streets are to ride your bike on. They’re less dangerous, less stressful routes to get from your home to the grocery store or wherever else you want to go. It opens up the neighbourhoods around you.
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.
Yesterday, June 8, 2020, our Campaigns Manager, Kevin Rupasinghe, deputed before the Toronto Board of Health on item HL17.1: COVID-19 Response and Recovery - Update on behalf of Cycle Toronto. A summary of Kevin's speaking notes are below:
Today, the City of Toronto announced specifics on where protected cycling infrastructure will be accelerated under the ActiveTO program. New protected cycling infrastructure will be built quickly, using interim materials, along corridors identified in the City of Toronto Cycling Network Plan for delivery this summer.
Cycle Toronto has been advocating for safe space for active transportation as part of the COVID-19 response and recovery for nearly two months. In our open letter to the Office of Recovery and Rebuild, Cycle Toronto proposed three general guidelines around which to focus an active transportation strategy in the short-term so as to build Toronto’s resiliency in the long-term:
Tim Willison showing off a part for a 3-Hole Face Shield
In the last two High Visibility profiles we spoke with frontline workers; people that ride their bikes to hospitals every day to do their part in keeping people healthy. But what protects them? They need personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe and prevent infection from spreading. That’s where Tim and TTLMakerspace come in, the subjects of this High Visibility.
ActiveTO to rebalance Toronto’s streets and create more space for people biking
On Wednesday, May 6th, the City of Toronto announced ActiveTO, a plan to provide space for active transportation on Toronto’s streets now, as we recover from COVID-19, and beyond.