As a member of the newly-formed Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee, I will be attending a meeting next week with Antonio Medeiros, a project manager at Waterfront Toronto. He is working on the design for the Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place that will run along the south side of Lakeshore Drive directly south of Exhibition Place.
The Waterfront Toronto team is at the beginning stages of the design work and are hoping for some cyclist feedback and thoughts about the project. In particular, the design team is concerned with safely accommodating multiple trail users, as well as creating safe and easy-to-navigate intersections where vehicular traffic must intersect. Please read the following description of the project, as it stands now, and post your comments. This project is already approved and will be completed quickly, with or without cyclists’ input. The more ideas I can bring to the table at this time, the better. Thanks for contributing!
The Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place project consists of extending the existing trail from Marilyn Bell Park over to Coronation Park at Strachan Avenue. This segment of the Martin Goodman Trail will be approximately 1100m in length and run parallel along Lakeshore Boulevard. It is expected that the design of the multi-use trail will accommodate a variety of cycling and pedestrian activities including commuter bicyclists, recreational bicycling, joggers, walking, and rollerblading. Construction is anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2008 and be completed in the Spring of 2009.
Building of the trail will necessitate a variety of other non-trail activities, roadways, intersections, and Ontario Place operations to be adjusted and augmented. For example the design of the trail may call for a unified tree canopy along the south side Lakeshore that will need to both serve the trail but also be the front door to Ontario Place. There are also a number of intersections that serve Ontario Place that will need to interface with the trail. Designing safe intersections for both trail users and vehicular traffic will be a key component of the trail design. This section of the trail, unlike the previous segment at Marilyn Bell Park will not interface with the waters edge although segments of it do lie within 30m of the Lake.