The cycling community in Toronto continues to grow – and with that, so does the demand for a safe cycling network. As a Scarborough resident, I, along with thousands of others, want healthy transportation options to and from home, work, schools, parks, and everywhere in between. Our Connect Scarborough campaign asks for a network of connected, protected bike lanes in Scarborough.
The riding season is in full swing and while Cycle Toronto is in the midst of rolling out exciting programs for Bike Month and supporting ActiveTO road openings and temporary bike lanes, we wanted to pause and provide you with an update about Move365; our program centred on a holistic approach for tackling key active transportation issues in the city.
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.
Our commitment to Move365 is about more than bike lanes. It’s about building relationships and supporting people. With bike lanes being removed from Brimley Road in Scarborough this past week, I’m reminded of the bike lane removals of Pharmacy Avenue and Birchmount Road in 2011.
Seen above, the Brimley Road bike lanes that are set to be removed ASAP
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.
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On Tuesday June 16, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson hosted a virtual town hall to discuss ActiveTO and the Brimley bike lanes that are coming to his ward.
Cycling continues to factor heavily into our daily lives, but many of us have changed how we get around, where we go, and why we ride. There is a lot of cycling infrastructure throughout the city; sometimes in places you might not expect! Explore these pieces of infrastructure by scrolling through some highlights in these photos and checking out the full list using our online map.
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Jones
Bicycle Infrastructure in Our Near Future
Just before the end of the year we wrote an article about our highlights from 2019. If you haven’t read it, check it out now. While Cycle Toronto had some significant milestones, one thing we did not see was an improvement in new cycling infrastructure with only 3 km of on-street bike lanes installed.