Ward 14 is a cycling community. Whether for getting around the City every day or enjoying our parks, valleys and waterfront—pedal power is the way to go.

More and more residents are choosing to cycle to get to and from work, but the City is not keeping up with the demand when it comes to installing cycling infrastructure and expanding or even maintaining the bike lane network. I am working with my colleagues on Council and advocacy groups like Ward 14 Bikes and Cycle Toronto to advance the cycling agenda at City Hall.

Destination Danforth

Danforth Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Dawes Road has been temporarily transformed in order to better support local businesses, provide safe mobility options for all road users and enable people to maintain physical distancing. Installation began in July 2020.

Changes include streetscape improvements (painted curb extensions, planters, art installations, etc.), cafe seating in the curb lane, curbside separated bike lanes, 24/7 parking on both sides of Danforth, one traffic lane in either direction and turn lanes at intersections.

Learn more about Destination Danforth here: http://councillorpaulafletcher.ca/destination-danforth/

The Danforth Study

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Complete Street and Planning Study of Danforth Avenue, one of the most recognizable and major avenues in the City.

The full study area will span a six kilometre stretch of Danforth Avenue between Broadview Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue. Within that stretch, there will be three types of studies undertaken including:

  • Complete street study (Broadview Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue) to examine the roadway width and review options for a complete street design and the potential for on-street protected bike lanes in order to improve road safety.
  • Economic and retail study (Broadview Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue) to provide an understanding of the economic environment of the area and issues faced by retailers along Danforth Avenue in order to support and promote economic vitality.
  • Planning study (Broadview Avenue to Coxwell Avenue) to identify future city-building opportunities, guide new development, and enhance the public realm and quality of place.

Learn more at: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/danforth-avenue-planning-study/

Dundas Bike Lanes

The Dundas St. East bike lanes are getting an upgrade between Broadview Ave and Kingston Road.

In 2020 I made a request to City staff (with Councillor Bradford) to look at short term upgrades that could be completed quickly and for a timeline for a more comprehensive upgrade of the Dundas Bike Lanes between Broadview Ave and Kingston Road. You can read that request here.

Transportation staff began pavement markings and the installation of curbs and other separations in November 2020. This round of upgrades will consist of:

  • increasing protection at signalized intersections broadly in line with the pilot design at Dundas and Jones, with concrete curbs, bollards, and set back stop bars for vehicles
  • adding concrete curbs and bollards in current no-parking areas
  • reducing the width of the vehicle lanes (which are currently wider than standard) to create a buffer zone for the cycle lanes
  • adding additional pavement markings to no-parking areas near intersections to help prevent parking in the bike lanes

These steps can be completed quickly and without the need for additional consultation. A full consultation on a more comprehensive upgrade will be undertaken in 2022. Read the full staff report online.

Cycling Groups

Ward 14 Bikes

Ward 14 Bikes is the official cycle advocacy group for Ward 14. The former Ward 29 Bikes and former Ward 30 Bikes groups merged after the 2018 municipal election. Visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ward14bikes/

 

Danforth Loves Bikes

Danforth is an ideal east-west cycling route that could substantially add to Toronto’s bicycle network. Residents and community groups continue to call for safety improvements on this popular cycling route. Various studies have documented the health, affordability, traffic, climate, and business benefits of a greater role for cycling in this area and around our city.

https://www.cycleto.ca/danforth-loves-bikes

 

Cycle Toronto

Cycle Toronto is a member-supported not-for-profit organization that works to make Toronto a healthy, safe and vibrant cycling city for all. We are focused on advocacy, education and encouragement, as we work to shape policy and infrastructure, and build community to transform our city’s cycling culture. We engage a diversity of people in our work, pursuing evidence-based solutions that make cycling a viable option for all Torontonians. https://www.cycleto.ca/

ActiveTO back for 2021 in East Toronto as local councillors seek clarity on future of Quiet Streets program

March 19, 2021 By Ali Raza, Beach Metro News

ActiveTO is coming back to East Toronto – and the rest of the city – after a successful campaign last year to get people outside safely.

The program was introduced in May 2020 as a response to COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. It was hugely successful, local councillors said, and it’s coming back for 2021.

Cycling lane upgrades planned for Dundas Street East

November 17, 2020 By Ali Raza, Beach Metro News

New cycling track upgrades are being installed on Dundas Street East, following a collaborative effort from Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher and the city’s transportation services.

Installation began on Monday, Nov. 10 with pre-marking of the cycle track.

The upgrades to lanes on Dundas Street East between Broadview Avenue and Kingston Road come after a city council motion that passed on July 28, 2020.

City of Toronto launches Vision Zero Be Safe campaign to caution road users to stay alert and obey the rules of the road

The City of Toronto launched a city-wide public education campaign today to remind all road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers – to exercise caution, stay alert and obey the rules of the road as traffic volumes continue to rise and as many students have now returned to school.

The Be Safe campaign, which advances the education component of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, features a series of messages that promote awareness of the rules of the road, especially as they relate to cycling infrastructure, and remind residents to take extra safety precautions.

Data shows ActiveTO weekend road closures make room for thousands of people to enjoy physical activity along Toronto’s most popular trails

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing.

City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails.

Toronto City Council approves 40 km of expanded and accelerated bike routes for ActiveTO

Toronto City Council today approved expanding and accelerating a total of 40 kilometres of the city’s cycling network as part of Toronto’s ActiveTO program.

This initiative includes approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways along with the final approval and acceleration of 15-kilomtres of cycling routes previously planned for this year, for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of new on-street cycling lanes in 2020 to be installed.

City of Toronto ActiveTO cycling network plan proposes 40 kilometres of expanded and accelerated routes

25-May-2020

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that a City of Toronto staff report scheduled for consideration by City Council later this week proposes that key parts of the cycling network be expanded, through accelerated installation of routes in the council-approved Cycling Network Plan, as part of the ActiveTO program.

During the April 30 Toronto City Council meeting, staff were requested to look at more active transportation as a crucial part of the city’s COVID-19 restart and recovery and in anticipation of changes in traffic patterns.

Media Release - City proposes unprecedented investments to create space on Danforth Avenue and support the East End’s small business COVID-19 recovery

For Immediate Release Monday May 25, 2020

With Ontario’s economy gradually reopening, the City of Toronto is taking unprecedented steps to invest in the small business recovery on the Danforth through the ActiveTO program. This summer, the City is proposing to spend approximately $4 million to create more public space and patios, make a more beautiful street, and pilot active transportation infrastructure on the Danforth from Broadview Avenue to Dawes Road.

ActiveTO program launching with 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets and Victoria Day weekend major road closures

I'm excited to share the first four Quiet Streets coming to Toronto-Danforth which are part of the City's ActiveTO program. These will be installed soon.

  • Fulton Ave will have an east-west route from Broadview to Cedervale Ave
  • Sammon Ave will have an east-west route from Broadview to Cedervale Ave
  • Monarch Park Ave will have a north-south route from Sammon to Felstead Ave

Danforth study 'most comprehensive' of its kind

February 11, 2020 By David Nickle, Toronto.com
It is, according to Toronto-Danforth Coun. Paula Fletcher, the biggest and most comprehensive planning study of its kind: a review of more than six kilometres of one of Toronto's best-known roadways, Danforth Avenue, between Victoria Park and Broadview Avenues. "There's nobody in Ontario who doesn't know where the Danforth is," said Fletcher.

Traffic Notice: Commissioners Street & Don Roadway Closures Starting December 18, 2019

From Waterfront Toronto

Starting on December 18, Don Roadway will be closed between Commissioners Street and Villiers Street. Starting December 19, Commissioners Street will be closed between Munition Street and Don Roadway. These closures will remain in place until Summer 2022.

Our design to protect this area from flooding includes road and utility work. These closures will allow us to:

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