Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina

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News for Ward 19

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge - To be completed by 2012

Thanks to one of TCAT's supporting organizations, the Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common, for providing an update on the design for the new bridge planned to cross the rail corridor north of Fort York and south of Liberty Village.

Strachan Avenue Rail Crossing - Public Meeting November 5

Last September, TCAT made a deputation to Toronto and East York
Community Council in support of a proposal to study an alternate
crossing for the current at-grade crossing of the rail corridor on
Strachan Avenue. We stressed the fact that any new crossing design
should meet the safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians first, since
this is a major connection to the waterfront.

Martin Goodman Trail (Ontario Place) trail reconstruction

Waterfront Toronto reports that the Martin Goodman Trail (Ontario Place) construction has started on reconstruction of the Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place. The existing trail, which runs along the water's edge, will continue to be open without disruption during the construction. The transformation of the newly aligned trail includes extending the trail from Marilyn Bell Park to the existing trail within Coronation Park at Strachan Avenue.

Martin Goodman Trail pilot snowplow project

On November 18th the Public Works Infrastructure and Environment
Committee discussed snow-clearing improvements for bike lanes,
laneways, laneway entrances and sidewalks. They agreed to work jointly
with the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on a pilot project
to provide winter maintenance along portions of the Martin Goodman
Trail. The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee, in consultation with the
Toronto Cyclists Union,
will work with City staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot

Tales of a Yellow Bike: Dec 13

The Community Bicycle Network is screening "Tales of a Yellow Bike" --
the movie about CBN's BikeShare program and about one yellow bike as it
travels the world.

Saturday, December 13, 2008
Location: 761 Queen St. W.
Time: 7:00 p.m.

More information available here.

City Council supports best active transportation option for Strachan Ave railway crossing

Last week, Toronto City Council approved the following motions,
putting us one step closer to a people-friendly rail crossing at
Strachan Avenue:

"1. City Council strongly supports the Grade Separation Option which
lowers the Georgetown/Milton rail corridor, allowing Strachan Avenue to
pass over the rail lines, and

Correction: More Progress than we Thought!

In last week's TCAT News,
we reported that 5 kilometres of the Martin Goodman Trail are being
cleared of snow. Thanks to Daniel Egan in Transportation Services for
letting us know that there are actually two sections being cleared as
follows:

5.6 km from Northern Dancer (east of Coxwell) to Sherbourne Street; and
6.3 km from Windermere to Stadium Road.

Also, between Stadium and Spadina and between Sherbourne and Yonge
there are on-street bicycle lanes which are being cleared of snow as
well.

Metrolinx Consultations: Feb 9, 10 & 12

Metrolinx is currently hosting community open houses about the
expansion of the Georgetown South Rail Corridor between Malton and
Union Station. Thanks to our readers for alerting us to the importance
of this opportunity for ensuring that space for active transportation
is provided for during the planning stages of this expansion. Metrolinx
needs to hear from the community that it's important to do so.

A couple of issues to consider:

Metrolinx Consultations: On-line

As reported in last week's TCAT News,
Metrolinx recently hosted several community open houses about the
proposed rail-link to Pearson Airport and the impacts this may have on
the Strachan level crossing. It is still possible to make your views
known on-line if you weren't able to attend any of the public meetings. You can download the City of Toronto Staff Report here.

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge: Public Meeting April 16

The City of Toronto is undertaking an environmental assessment to determine the preferred option and preliminary design details for a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the railway corridors near Fort York, intended to improve connections between the city, Fort York and the waterfront. The public is invited to attend the first of two Public Information Centre Meetings, to learn more about what is being considered, information on work completed to date, and next steps.

Mobilizing around the Strachan Super-Bridge and Diesel Trains

Metrolinx is proposing a super-bridge going over the CN rail lines at Strachan Avenue. Strachan is a critical access point in the City's west end to Exhibition Place and the Martin Goodman Trail. Problems surrounding the proposal identified by a City of Toronto Oct 2008 staff report include closing important cross streets, concentrating all traffic on the King/Strachan intersection and creating an uninviting and undesirable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

June 16: Strachan Super-Bridge: Good News!

According to Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, the proposed Strachan Avenue super-bridge we told you about in a recent TCAT News has been averted. While the details of what the new structure will look like are still not fully worked out, Metrolinx's new proposed plans promises to address the issue of creating a cycling and pedestrian friendly corridor between the Waterfront and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Public Meeting - Sep 16

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment Study to determine the preferred option and preliminary design details for a pedestrian and cycle route/bridge over the railway corridors near Fort York. The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is intended to provide a key link between Stanley Park to the north and the western area of the Fort York grounds to the south, improving connections between the city, Fort York and the waterfont.

Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Environment Assessment Completed - Final Comment by Feb 8

In August 2008, the City of Toronto initiated a Class Environmental Assessment Study for a pedestrian and cycle route/bridge over the railway corridors north of Fort York. This bridge is intended to provide a key link between Stanley Park to the north and the western area of the Fort York grounds to the south, improving connections to the waterfront.

CBN Winter Open House and Bike Auction - Jan 30

The Community Bicycle Network presents its WINTER OPEN HOUSE and BIKE AUCTION on Saturday January 30, 12pm-6pm, 761 Queen St W.

Live Auction of five of the legendary yellow Bikeshare bikes at 3pm

Silent Auction for high-end and unique vintage parts

All used parts just $2.00 for One Day Only.

Plus cookies and hot cocoa to help you warm up!

Trinity Bellwoods Multi-use Path Upgrade Open House: Feb 24

The City of Toronto's Cycling Infrastructure and Programs unit is hosting a Public Open House on proposed upgrades to the existing multi-use paths in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It will be important for cyclists and pedestrians to attend and share their feedback on the proposed realignment and resurfacing, both with City staff and fellow park users.

Date: Wednesday, February 24

Time: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Trinity C.R.C., 155 Crawford St., Assembly Hall