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Bloor St Bike Lanes at PWIC October 18 and City Council November 7, 2017

At the October 10 SVRA meeting, it was decided the SVRA would depute and provide a “qualified” response to the Bloor St Bike Lane Pilot Project.

Consensus supported the bike lanes WITH significant improvements to the existing design should the lanes be made permanent:

  1. To the cycle track to enhance traffic flow and safety
  2. To the pedestrian realm and to pedestrian safety
  3. With greater consideration of and improvements to accessibility including on-street accessible parking
  4. Better and more parking for bicycles off/adjacent to Bloor St.

The SVRA also sought continued commitment and resources from the City and Transportation Services to work collaboratively with local RA’s and community groups on the permanent design.

At City Hall on the morning of the meeting, the SVRA and other RA’s were assured by Councillors Cressy and Layton, that any permanent design WOULD include SVRA/RA/local consultation and collaboration. Details TBD once the project passed both PWIC then the City Council Meeting on November 7th.

Councillors Cressy and Layton were aware of existing challenges with the track design and are committed to improvements to the public, pedestrian realm, to pedestrian safety and to ensuring greater accessibility on Bloor Streets and immediate, adjacent streets.

Approximately 59 people deputed at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on October 18, 2017

Former City Councillor, avid cyclist and motorist Ila Bossuns stated: “Anyone who commutes long distances by car along Bloor is an utter total fool.”

The SVRA’s priorities and deputation shifted throughout the meeting. Hoping to avoid redundancy (58 other deputations means a significant amount of same or similar messaging) and learning of intense opposition from two councillors on the Committee, our initial deposition was re-composed. You can read the SVRA Bloor St Bike Lanes Deputation_2 October 18.  (It differs than what I actually said. JH)

For an EXTENSIVE summary – including pictures – of the day including the list of deputants, a running record of deputants and main points + commentary from the PWIC meeting please check out this website!

 

 

Note: ABBA – Annex Business Bike Alliance is a group consisting of several businesses along Bloor St, including Fresh Resturant, Midoco, BMV, Theodore 1922, Greg’s Ice Cream etc who are in favour of a modified cycle track with scheduled hours of operation (i.e., not rush hour) that is available seasonally. ABBA disputes the manner in which businesses along Bloor St were surveyed and the results of the several means to determine the financial impact of the lanes to Bloor St businesses. Here is their deputation 

Albert Koehl of Bells on Bloor disputes much of what ABBA claims in an article entitled “The awkward opposition to the Bloor bike lanes.”  To view more about ABBA at the committee meeting and for this alternate perspective and to read Albert Koehl’s response, check out the Bells on Bloor site

Next Steps: 1. Further consultation with local business; 2. meetings (potentially 2) to review/improve design and options.

Schedule:

  • The current iteration of the Bloor St bike lanes will remain in place with some temporary improvements of (green) paint at key points (TBD)
  • Next summer (2018) water mains along Bloor St are being updated.
  • Streetscaping improvements will be made (Bloor St Study [Ph 1] OPA recommendations) in tandem with the BloorAnnex BIA – more info to come
  • Road resurfacing and the permanent lane design will follow infrastructure upgrades (mains instal + Bloor St sidewalk improvements)
  • Funding has been allocated to the permanent lanes within the 2019 Capital works program.
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Death by a thousand….sledgehammers

RIP Honest Eds and Mirvish Village

Boxer Santaros’ UPDATE: 11/9 watching others watching the demolition of

          

Demolition began onsite months ago, but it was underground and inside, for the most part.

Buildings are quickly being demolished and more signs are being taken away, some being preserved while others are being trashed.

Do you have photos or videos of Honest Ed’s during its heyday,  or now, as the walls come tumbling down?

Please post to the Seaton Village Flickr page! 

Thanks to Boxer Santaros (courtesy @votemac)  and Roy Sawyer for the photos!

 

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BLOOR STREET BIKE LANES – Staff Report released

BLOOR STREET BIKE LANES

Shaw Street to Avenue Road

The Bloor Street West Bike Lane Pilot Project Evaluation report is now online and will be considered by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on October 18, 2017.

The project webpage has been updated:

  • Infographics of key findings from the evaluation report (see preview image below)
  • Links to a new Backgrounder, the Economic Impact Study, and the Public Feedback Survey Raw Data (Open Data)
  • How you can have your say at the October 18, 2017 Committee meeting

Visit    toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOOR BIKE LANES EVALUATION REPORT

infographics of Bloor Bike Lane Evaluation Highlights

Learn more and subscribe for updates at

toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

PLEASE NOTE: The Seaton Village Residents’ Association will submit a qualified response to the Bike Lane project at Community Council on October 18, 2017

The SVRA intends to advocate for design improvements and enhancements to improve safety and accessibility and the consideration of ongoing challenges for many local businesses.

 

Seaton Village: get on your bike or walk down to Bloor St and continue to support the amazingly diverse shops and restaurants in Koreatown/Seaton Village and the Annex – let’s show our businesses we value local!

 

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No Entry Barton Ave east of Bathurst St 7 – 9am

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The SVRA and community members have been working on a number of area traffic and safety initiatives with Councillor Cressy’s office, Palmerston Ave P.S, 14 Division and City Transportation Staff.

A significant long-term neighbourhood concern is Barton Ave traffic and related safety issues.

Last spring a No Left Turn 7:00 – 9:00am from Christie onto Barton Ave was erected as an attempt to address cut through traffic along Barton Ave in Seaton Village (SV.)

Over the summer, Annex residents along Barton Ave – who experience the same traffic and safety-related issues and concerns as SV – met with the Ward 20 office and with Transportation Services and they decided to install a No Entry, also during morning rush hour. This compliments a No Left Turn directive at the same intersection.

The No Left Turn from Christie onto Barton and No Entry to Barton east of Bathurst are interim measures. Each and every measure is being monitored to determine impacts on the volume of traffic moving through our neighbourhoods.

Hopefully, these impediments will frustrate and avert cut through traffic seeking to use SV and the Annex as a means to avoid main routes.

Furthermore, traffic stats through the neighbourhoods on Barton Ave have been collected since the installation of the Bloor St bike lanes and is now being analyzed by the City as a part of the Bloor St Bike Lane Project. Results from the study are expected this Fall and will be made public.

While Seaton Village was not consulted on this change to through traffic across Bathurst St, certainly an attempt by local residents to improve local neighbourhood conditions and enhance safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along Barton Ave. is a completely understandable one.

It is understood that this directive at Barton Ave and Bathurst St is causing re-arrangement of morning routes and travel schedules for SV residents.

The SVRA has discussed this traffic measure with staff at the Ward 20/Councillor Cressy’s office. Knowing this new measure is a contentious one for some in Seaton Village, the SVRA has been assured by the Councillor’s office that opportunity will be afforded to Seaton Village residents – as there has always been – to provide feedback on these directives. As well, please send your feedback to the SVRA so we are aware of any items to be discussed with the community and the Councillor’s office

The SVRA looks forward to collaborating with SV and Annex residents, with Councillor Cressy and City Staff on a safe and effective traffic plan for Barton Ave.

Email: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

 

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Bloor St Bike Lanes Project Update Public Drop in Monday, June 5, 2017

Bloor Street Bike Lanes Shaw Street to Avenue Road Project Update

The Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project was approved by City Council in May 2016. The installation of the separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) to Avenue Road was completed in late August 2016.

The pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Extensive monitoring and evaluation is being carried out and will be reported to Council later this year.

Public Drop-in Event

Join us for our third public event to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review summaries of on-going public feedback, and discuss your experience and suggestions for the future of these cycling facilities.

Date & Time: Monday, June 5, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre – Gym 427 Bloor Street West

Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance. All information materials presented will be posted online shortly following the event.

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Contact: Jason Diceman Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator
Public Consultation Unit City of Toronto,

Metro Hall, 19th Fl.,

55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2974 Email: jason.diceman@toronto.ca

toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

From Councillor Cressy

As the 1-year Bloor Street bike lane pilot project continues, join me, Councillor Layton, and City staff on June 5th for a mid-pilot public consultation.

The City has been working hard on the extensive monitoring, evaluation, and consultation program since the project’s installation. Come out on June 5th to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review of summaries of ongoing public feedback, and discuss your experience, feedback and suggestions for the future.

You can find more information on the City’s website, or by viewing the meeting flyer here. Earlier this year, the City also released preliminary portions of data (collected 6 weeks after installation) that has been collected on the project. You can find more information here

 

NOTE: Stay tuned for details regarding a June SVRA meeting with City staff to discuss a very helpful set of updates and further information about the Bloor St Bike Lane Project that staff and the Councillor want to ensure is shared with the Seaton Village community.

 

Recent press

May 31, 2017  – CBC:  Toronto cyclists calling for Bloor Street bike lane pilot project to be made permanent

June 1, 2017 – Toronto Star: Bloor St. bike lanes working, cyclists say, though drivers may not agree 

June 2, 2017 – Dandyhorse Magazine: Schools for bike lanes on Bloor

 

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SVRA Special Presentation + Meeting Residential/Neighbourhood Planning​ and the Committee of Adjustment

A friendly reminder of the Seaton Village Residents’ Association meeting and special presentation with Robert Brown –  TONIGHT!

 
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care facility 914 Bathurst St (at Barton Ave) 
Please join the SVRA and your neighbours for a very special evening with Robert Brown, former Chair and longtime panel member with the Committee of Adjustment

 
 
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From 2007 -2015, Robert sat on panel (A) of the Committee of Adjustment for Toronto and East York. In 2015 Robert assumed the Chair for Panel A of the COA. Robert is also the former Chair of the Annex Residents’ Association and continues to work in an advisory role on local planning applications with the ARA and the Harbord Village Residents’ Association.
 
Come learn about residential planning: where to start –  the City of Toronto’s residential Planning process, applying to the COA, how to effectively communicate with neighbours about your own or your neighbour’s residential planning application, understanding the COA process, the role of your residents’ association and City Councillor in the process and more. Learn from a home renovation expert/contractor and engineer how to navigate your home reno and the COA. 
New to Residential Planning is the Toronto Local Appeals Board which is replacing the OMB for contested residential COA applications. Robert will walk us through this new process. 
 
The Seaton Village RA is  Neighbourhood “Visioning” plan: this includes residential and commercial development + local traffic and safety initiatives – please join us to learn more and be a part of the group!
Other business for this meeting will include:
  • an update on traffic and safety initiatives underway;
  • an update on the Dupont St corridor development following the May 4 meeting with developers, the City Planning Staff and Councillors Cressy and Layton + next steps with Mirvish Village
  • April 12 SVRA Meeting minutes – for approval. Attached. 
We look forward to seeing you and having you a part of our discussion! 
 
 
From Toronto Star
Wednesday, May 17: Read –  OMB Reform praised as “bold” boon to local democracy 
Tuesday, May 16: Chris Hume on the Mirvish Village development:  ReadHow to avoid the next St James Town

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SVRA Meeting Wednesday, May 17 Focus: Residential development and the Committee of Adjustment process

Please join the SVRA and special guests, including Robert Brown, former Chair of the ARA and Committee of Adjustment to learn about residential home development and the Committee of Adjustment process and the new Toronto Local Appeals Board. 

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to begin discussing our Seaton Village neighbourhood “Vision Plan” 
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Date: Wednesday, May 16th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care Home  in the basement (914 Bathurst St) – this is a fully accessible site

The complete meeting agenda will be posted Monday, May 15, 2017. Please forward agenda item suggestions to seationvillagetoronto@gmail.com

Read the meeting SVRA Meeting Minutes April 12 2017 (Final) from April 12 SVRA Meeting

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