The West End Bikeways consultation process is now complete and the installation of selected projects will commence in this summer.
The Toronto Bike Plan recommends a Bikeway Network that spans the city, creating a 2 km grid of routes that are accessible within a five minute ride from all residences. The Bike Plan acknowledges that there is a gap in the Network in the downtown west end, where streetcar tracks on east-west arteries, disjointed local streets, and railway corridors all pose challenges to accommodating bikeways.
To address this gap in the Bikeway Network, Transportation Services has partnered with the Toronto Cyclists Union to gather ideas from cyclists on ways to improve cycling conditions in the downtown west end, specifically the area south of Bloor Street, bounded by the Gardiner Expressway, Bathurst Street, and Parkside Drive. The goal of this process is to work with cyclists in the study area to identify short-term bikeway projects that can be built in 2009 and 2010.
In mid-October 2008, we invited cyclists in the downtown west end to send in their ideas for ways to improve cycling conditions in the study area. The deadline for submissions was November 5, 2008, and we received responses from nearly 70 cyclists.
In an effort to continue engaging people who submitted their ideas, we hosted a follow-up meeting and workshop in late November. The goal of the meeting and workshop was to review the submissions and prioritize bikeway projects that can be built in 2009 and 2010.
Information gathered through this collaborative process was being used by staff to identify and design projects that can be installed in the study area in 2009 and 2010.
A final open house was held on March 10, 2009 to discuss the selected bikeway projects to be completed in 2009 and 2010 in the downtown west end.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the West End Bikeways project.
Cycling Infrastructure and Programs
City of Toronto
100 Queen Street West 22nd FL East Tower
Toronto ON M5H 2N2
(Please specify West End Bikeways in the subject line for e-mails)