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SVRA Meeting Tuesday November 14, 2017

This is the final SVRA meeting for 2017, so we’d like to have the community set the agenda.

  • Is there something you’d like to know (more) about and discuss?
  • Want more social events?
  • Debating becoming involved but would like to learn more..?!
  • Still on the fence about becoming a Street Rep?!
  • What else?!
  • We’ll also be setting the date for SVRA AGM…wanna’ be president or VP or head up a committee?!?!

Please let us know so we can add it to the agenda

Mail us at seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com

Here are SVRA Meeting Minutes_Oct 10 2017s from our October 10, 2017 SVRA meeting.

Meeting Details

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Vermont Square Long Term Care Home (basement) 914 Bathurst St @ Barton Ave

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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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Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch

Seaton Village Pumpkin Patch_e-flyer

Pumpkins will line the path in the park east from Palmerston Ave 

 

  • We need community member volunteers and WHEELBARROWS to carry pumpkins to the bin after the event ~ 8:30pm 

  • Students can volunteer for Highschool Community Hours!!! email seatonvillagetoronto@gmail.com to sign up

  • BRING MUGS  i_love_hot_chocolate_mug-p168575565094505745enw9p_400 FOR HOT DRINKS!

 

Many thanks to Seaton Villager Torie Gervais and Gervais Party and Tent Rental for the beverage urns!

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Many thanks to the amazingly creative and super mixologist Seaton Villagers Alexis Eizinas and Peter Diaz for the poster AND for making our delicious hot beverages!!!

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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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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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