Re-Visioning Yonge Cycling Workshop
Yonge Street, Toronto’s main street, has long been a key destination for retail, employment, tourism and events. It could become a natural, direct 17.8km cycling route. However, conditions such as severe traffic congestion, dangerous highway crossings and a lack of bike lanes make it difficult to cycle safely through Yonge’s different sections. At a neighbourhood level, activities that people throughout the world walk and use bicycles for – errands, stopping for coffee, cycling to school – can become dangerous. Additionally, Yonge’s neighbourhoods are being intensified by a growing number of condo residents, many of whom do not own cars and would cycle more if Yonge were safer. Yonge Street needs to function well for all of its users.
As an initial step in the revisioning of Yonge Street, Cycle Toronto is facilitating a community conversation that will result in a comprehensive, high level gap analysis. We’ll be reviewing the whole of the Yonge Street corridor - from Steeles to Lake Ontario.
We’ll start our conversation at the workshop by identifying safety hotspots and barriers to safe cycling. This will lead to a vision of the Yonge corridor transformed into a more complete neighbourhood street, with safe, connected cycling routes.
We believe that effective enhancements, increased safety and better connectivity for cycling will give life to all of the communities along Yonge, with benefits for all Toronto residents. It will also establish it as an important bicycle commuter route that will help to relieve the overcrowded Yonge subway line.
Please join us and share your ideas.
Councillor Karen Stintz (Ward 16)
Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22)