Public Meeting - Cycling and the Eglinton LRT, Monday March 19th
Since the Eglinton LRT is back from the dead, it looks like the bike lanes planned in the EA may also be back!
There is a public meeting Monday, March 19th at 6:30PM in the Northern District Public Library, 2nd floor meeting room, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (Just north of Yonge & Eglinton)
Goals: Identify opportunities for cycling advocacy created by the LRT, learn about planning initiatives under way, and set cyclist strategy.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is currently in the planning stages. Stretching for 25 kilometres from Black Creek Drive to McCowan station, the project cuts through 13 City wards and will transform the heart of Toronto. Multiple organizations are working on the project, including Metrolinx, TTC, and the City's planning and transportation departments. This is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for cyclists to advocate for complete streets across the entire city.
The changes along Eglinton will have numerous impacts on cycling, including:
removal of hundreds of buses and dedicated bus lanes from the street
changes to the crossings on Eglinton
changes to traffic patterns, car parking, bike parking, road surfaces
changed connections with off-road trails, ravines, and on-street bike routes
new bike lanes on the above-ground sections (Laird Dr. to Kennedy Station)
Eglinton is important to cyclists! Not only is it a major east-west corridor, with significant residential, employment and retail concentrations, but many bike routes cross it north-south.
This is our chance to identify potential issues and advocate for improvements to the cycling infrastructure along/across Eglinton. On St. Clair, cyclists were not part of the conversation, and the resulting streetcar line has become a barrier and a hazard to cyclists.
As well, this is a huge opportunity to support our local businesses affected by the LRT construction with a "Buy Local" campaign encouraging shoppers to bike or walk to Eglinton.
Planners and other representatives from the City of Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown team, the TTC, and other involved agencies will be joining us to provide background and answer questions on the project.