Category Archives: Traffic

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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SVRA Meeting Tuesday October 10, 2017

Please join the SVRA and community members for our upcoming SVRA meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Basement – Vermont Square Long-term Care Facility 914 Bathurst Street Toronto, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

[Draft] Agenda

  • Street Rep Program*
  • Traffic and Safety initiatives – street/street requests. I.e., speed humps, Stop signs
  • Updates: Lay-bys; Palmerston Ave north Dupont pedestrian light; Mirvish Village demolition and construction schedules; OMB prehearing for 4 Corners Bathurst Bloor appeals + SVRA incorporation; Lane Naming Project
  • PUMPKIN PATCH! November 1, 2017
  • Other business

Please submit any street-specific traffic/safety initiatives, your questions or agenda item requests to the SVRA in advance of the meeting: seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

STREET REP SYSTEM

The SVRA is recruiting community members to act as “Street Reps.”

Responsibilities: act as an information conduit between SVRA and your street neighbours. Forward/circulate information via email. Sometimes act as street representative -or find an alternate neighbour(s) willing to do so- at SVRA meetings

Qualifications: If you know a lot of your neighbours, are Chief Communication Officer for your street party, have a LOT of contact info for your street residents/neighbours, then you’re perfect for the job!

Objective: Assist with raising awareness of the SVRA,  communicate local issues, events and help provide community updates from the SVRA and Councillor Cressy/City Staff

Communication and collaboration with the neighbourhood/our neighbourhood partners are essential to ensure the SVRA is as responsive and effective as possible in addressing neighbourhood issues and to ensure meaningful approaches and treatments of these issues.  This info exchange also helps our Councillor and staff best address community issues at City Hall.
The SVRA believes its success depends on membership and a representative contact list so we can reach as many community members as possible!
The next SVRA Meeting will be November 14, 2017

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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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StreetPLAY in Seaton Village – starting Friday, June 2, 2017 4:00 – 8:00pm

Please join your community members and Earth Day Canada for the first Seaton Village StreetPLAY event on Markham St (north of Barton Ave) and Follis Ave (from just west of Markham)

Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00pm

It’s a simple idea – open up our local neighbourhood streets to children and youth so they can connect with friends and play right outside their front door.

The Toronto StreetPLAY Pilot Project (TSPP) will test regularly scheduled, partial closures for street play on 6 residential blocks between June and November 2017. The purpose of the project is to test a permit program for regularly occurring street closures to support neighbourhood outdoor play. The

The first phase is being rolled out TODAY – June 2

All kids from the neighbourhood are welcome to play on these streets!

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Please go to the StreetPLAY website to view the schedule and for more info

 

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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.

  • Subscribe to receive emails with the latest updates on our  webpage

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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Bloor St Bike Lane Pilot Project Feedback Survey #2 – final day to participate

 

Bloor St Bike Lanes – Last day to complete survey #2! 

The online Bloor Street Bike Lanes – Feedback Survey #2 was launched by the City in December 2016 and will close at midnight – TONIGHT – Thursday, May 4, 2017

Feedback Survey #2: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/bloor2016/

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FYI for those concerned about local business input in the process:

150 Unique businesses submitted responses to the City’s 1st survey and extensive outreach from the City/project lead Jason Diceman continues to ensure local business participation in the study. A parallel study on the local economic impact of bike lanes on Bloor Street is being led by the Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with University of Toronto, and sponsorship from Metcalf Foundation, Bloor Annex BIA, and Korea Town BIA. University students with an iPad will be visiting store front businesses again this spring to interview merchants directly.
MORE BUSINESS CONSULTATION IN PROGRESS

So far the TCAT/ UofT Economic Impact Survey has interviewed 248 store front merchants in the Economic Study Area on Bloor Street between Christie Street and Robert Street:

Once prior to bike lane installation in October-November 2015;
Again shortly after bike lane installation in October-November 2016; and will again this spring 2017.

City staff will continue to reach out to business over the coming weeks through the local BIAs and directly. Businesses are being encouraged to contact the City to discuss the project and impacts to their businesses.

A new business-focused City online Survey #3 will be launched this summer, to gather more feedback on the pilot bike lanes from local business operators along Bloor Street from Ossington Avenue to Bay Street. We will be asking more in-depth questions to better understand how different kinds of businesses have been affected in different ways.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION – the SVRA asked for this and the City is delivering!            

PUBLIC DROPIN EVENT #3 – JUNE 5, 2017

A third public information event is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 4-8pm, at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Members of the public are invited to speak directly with the project team, to ask questions and share comments about the pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street. Information will be provided on the latest traffic analysis, online feedback survey results, and next steps for minor design modifications and overall evaluation of the project.

Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance. A formal event notice will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Learn more about the project history and latest update (February 24, 2017) at: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly…

Project lead:

Jason Diceman
Sr. Public Consultation Coordinator
Public Consultation Unit, PPF&A
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

416-338-2830
Jason.Diceman@toronto.ca

Follow us on Twitter – @GetInvolvedTO

 

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Dupont Corridor Open House Thursday, May 4, 2017

Join Councillors Cressy and Layton for a drop-in open house on coming developments along the Dupont Corridor

Date: Thursday, May 4th 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location: Sacre-Coeur Elementary School, Gymnasium (98 Essex St)

In March 2016, Councillors Layton and Cressy wrote to our Dupont communities with an update on the settlements the City reached on 840 and 500 Dupont, as well as 420 Dupont/275 Albany Ave. A settlement has also been reached on 740 Dupont.

Today, there are still some elements to these applications where we can provide input. Join us on May 4th for an update on these developments, as well as to provide input on the public realm design, transportation details, and more.

For more information, see the meeting notice here.

 

 

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