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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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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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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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