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...at its meeting on October 23, City Council approved the joint report from Transportation Services and Transportation Planning titled Sustainable Transportation Initiatives: Short-term Proposals.
Below is a list of amended recommendations, which Council made and that relate to cycling and walking (the amendment is in bold).
2.d. direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, in accordance with Recommendation 2.c.iii., above, to evaluate and implement "pedestrian scramble phases" on a pilot project basis, at the following intersections:
i. Bloor Street and Bay Street;
ii. Bloor Street and Yonge Street;
iii. Yonge Street and Dundas Street; and
iv. Bay Street and Dundas Street;
3.f. direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on options available to significantly improve cycling safety at intersections by:
i. identifying approximately three to four intersections on Queen Street or another street with a high volume of bicycle use and a high incidence of car-bicycle collisions at which to pilot "leading bicycle intervals"; and
ii. identifying approximately three to four intersections along College Street or another street that currently has a bike lane and a high volume of bicycle use at which to pilot the creation of "bike boxes".
7.a.direct the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report on:
i. the establishment of a permanent City staff committee to liaise with representatives of the cartage and courier industries, building owners, managers and tenants on commercial vehicle servicing issues, including the access and parking needs of pick-up, delivery and servicing vehicles; and
ii. possible strategies to encourage a greater proportion of courier deliveries and pick-ups to be made by bicycle, transit and messengers on foot;
To read Council's decision document and the amended recommendations, click here and refer to page 47.
There are some good recommendations in there, including formalizing the temporary street closures like Pedestrian Sundays; establish a bike station at Union Station (perhaps the Community Bicycle Network can run it?); and authorizing an environmental assessment of a Bloor-Danforth bike route. I have some guarded optimism on the direction of the city. Perhaps one day they'll actually start to reduce the number of automobile parking spots or start charging what they actually cost society.