urban planning

Transit, like Bridges, should connect our communities -- not divide them

Transportation is important to us because it's not only how we get around, but it's also how we move goods. I like to eat, so I'd like to get food in to the city somehow. We like to trade and have things to buy, and so we have to move goods in and out of our city.

Long ago, the waterways were our major highways. In Ontario, we still have the Trent-Severn system, the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Welland Canal as great working examples from our history. We still move people and goods on these, but to a much lesser extent now than in previous years.

But as much as our rivers and canals connect our communities, it also divides them. At least they did, until we built bridges. Bridges over the rivers connect our communities closer than ferries ever can.

TVO The Agenda Sharing The Road

A seasonal thing for sure but I think Yvonne did a fine job. Thank you.

The battle for Jarvis was won

Jarvis is a win! Cheers, applause, pats on the back, happy dollars!

One of the big reasons why we should celebrate is for the many people who came out and did their best to speak on behalf of cycling and the many benefits and other reasons why cyclists should be included in the improvements. Usually I see the same people over and over again at city hall, but I saw many new people who spoke for cycling whom I did not know. We’re seeing more and more people coming down to city hall and speaking up on cycling issues. And we are being heard. The councillors are obviously running (at least a little) scared because the vote was ultimately unanimous in support of the bike lanes. We need to keep this pressure on at city hall to continue this momentum for advancing cycling within our city.

Another big reason to celebrate is this was a route that had never been on the Bike Plan, and came as something of a surprise that it was even winnable.

And yet I feel this win is loaded with regret, as does Councillor DeBaermaker.

Help Decide the Future of the Gardiner Expressway East - Public Forum #2

(From Waterfront Toronto)

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are seeking public input into a project considering the removal, replacement, improvement or maintenance of the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis Street to just east of the Don Valley Parkway.

Public input into this important project is critical. Participate online by visiting www.gardinerconsultation.ca and/or by attending one of our Public Forums. We are hosting four public information sessions across the City in this second round of public consultations. The Environmental Assessment process involves many rounds of public meetings and locations will be varied to ensure many different neighbourhoods are covered.

You are invited to attend Public Forum #2 where you can learn more about the key components of the Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference that have been drafted, including: Study Goals and Principles, Alternative Concepts, Evaluation Process and Criteria Groups, and the approach for Environmental Assessment Consultation. You will also be able to ask questions and speak directly with members of the project team, offer input, submit comments, and raise concerns. The team will present a summary of public input that has been received to date through Public Forum #1 and the consultation website.

Public Forum #2

Thursday, April 23, 2009
6:30 – 7:30 PM (Open House)
7:30 – 9:00 PM (Presentation)
Centennial College Residence & Conference Centre
940 Progress Avenue, Scarborough

Monday April 27, 2009

The Rolling Stop Law - A great video (Idaho)

Makes so much sense it would will never happen here.

Sign of the times


Lovely weekend for a bike ride although a wee bit cold and windy. This scene caught my eye on Saturday. Nice to see.

A tale of two communities

Roncesvalles is trying very hard to find the right balance as they re-prioritize their street for pedestrians, public transit, bikes, and delivery vehicles. Roncy is seeing all sorts of ideas being proposed to keep cyclists on the road whilst keeping the streetcar track clear [Ed: read more on the proposed elevated roadway "bump-outs" for streetcars that cyclists can ride over]. At the January meeting many people proposed removing all private motor traffic on Roncesvalles, except for delivery vehicles. Very progressive!

I briefly lived in Parkdale, but I moved to Mimico. And after seeing the difference in the attitudes towards city building, I kinda wished I hadn't.

As part of Transit City, it is proposed for Lakeshore's streetcar tracks to become part of the LRT network.

Waterfront redesign to include cycling


The long awaited redesign plans of Queens Quay look good. It's all over the papers today and Spacing has a nice article for more information.

Big sigh of relief for cycling along the waterfront once it all gets done.

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