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/

The Danforth Study

The City of Toronto is inviting all members of the Danforth community to participate in a public consultation as a part of the Danforth Avenue Complete Street and Planning Study.

The first meeting was held November 6th and included a brief presentation about the study followed by interactive group discussion. Feedback from the first  community will help shape the scope of the study.  You can download that presentation by clicking here.

Danforth Avenue could be in for planning makeover in 2019

May 29, 2018 By David Nickle, Toronto.com

Danforth Avenue could be in for a massive planning makeover in 2019.

That's if Toronto Council approves the money for a comprehensive, overarching study of the seven kilometres from Broadview to past Victoria Park Avenue. On May 28, Toronto's budget committee sent a letter from Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth) Coun. Paula Fletcher to senior city staff to come up with the plan for a study that would fold in ongoing work from three city departments.

Martin Goodman Trail Unwin Connection

The Martin Goodman Trail (MGT) is part of a larger network of over 300 km of trails within the City of TorontoThe Unwin Avenue section of the MGT will fill in a missing link to complete a 20 km trail along Toronto’s waterfront from the western to the eastern beaches.This connection was identified in the Baselands Trails Master Plan 2015 and as part of Toronto’s 2016 Ten Year Cycling Network Plan.

City to complete Martin Goodman Trail

By Clare Rayment, Staff Reporter, Toronto Star Sat., May 12, 2018

The city will fill in the final gap in the Martin Goodman Trail, the waterfront path that runs along Lake Ontario from Rouge Park in the east to the Humber River in the west, Mayor John Tory announced on Saturday.

Speaking at a news conference with Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth), Tory said filling in a one-kilometre gap at Tommy Thompson Park will increase the safety of the park and help unite the city.

City of Toronto announces upcoming construction to complete the Martin Goodman Trail

On May 12th Mayor John Tory joined Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), City staff and representatives from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and CreateTO at Tommy Thompson Park to announce the plans to complete a section of the Martin Goodman Trail along Unwin Avenue this summer.

This section of the Martin Goodman Trail will complete the last link of the 20 km cycling and walking trail along Toronto's waterfront from the western to the eastern beaches.

Starting October 10, a New Mural for Leslieville!

 

A year ago we celebrated our wonderful new Leslieville mural by Elicser Elliot at Queen and Jones.

Starting Tuesday, October 10th well known artist Evond Blake (Mediah) will begin another signature mural for Leslieville, this time at Queen and Boston as part of our new popular Bike Share location. The design even has a bike in it! You can see more of his work at www.mediahstudio.com.

Leslieville Tree Festival - June 17, 2017

 

Join Councillor Paula Fletcher at the Leslieville Tree Festival on Saturday, June 17th at Leslie Grove Park from 12 pm to 4 pm. This is a free, fun-filled celebration with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This year there is a new and exciting activity – kids will have the chance to climb a 24 foot high climbing wall! Instructors will be on-site to help and supervise. The Toronto All-Star Big Band will also be performing at the festival. This acclaimed and very talented group of young musicians revive the sounds of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

City of Toronto co-ordinating road closures, speeding up road work and improving infrastructure during busy 2017 construction season

News Release        April 10, 2017

City of Toronto co-ordinating road closures, speeding up road work and improving infrastructure during busy 2017 construction season

The City of Toronto will continue to accelerate construction projects and co-ordinate road closures as it performs significant construction work on the City's roads, sewers and watermains to improve Toronto's aging infrastructure.

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