Latest wins - thanks to our members!
The following are some of our most recent wins. For historical successes, see our media kit.
Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton Approved by PWIC!
In April, Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) unanimously approved the Eglinton Connects Environmental Assessment , which includes 11km of protected bike lanes. However, there’s a long way to go. The entire EA must be approved by City Council in May. In addition, the EA has outstanding capital funding requirements; Metrolinx has committed to paying $100 million for streetscape improvements near LRT stations, but there is no comprehensive plan in place to pay for the remaining $150 million.
Thank you to our members that responded to our Action Alert and took the time to write members of PWIC. It was a remarkable win for Cycle Toronto, and our Eglinton Working Group in particular, where we put your member dues to work. This is a promising development towards the creation of a city-wide grid of protected bike lanes, and the transformation of Eglinton Ave into a Complete Street when the Eglinton LRT opens in 2020.
Public Works approves our request for staff report on creation of network of snow routes for cyclists
For cycling to become a true transportation option for Torontonians, they need safe, secure and properly maintained bike routes across the four seasons. In November 2013, we appeared before the Public Workshops and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of Cycle Toronto to encourage committee members to direct Transportation Services staff to develop a comprehensive network of snow routes for cyclists. Councillor Mike Layton moved our recommendations, which passed unanimously! Read our full submission here and check out our most recent communications with Stephen Buckley, General Manager of Transportation services, here. Also read about our Shovel-in on Shaw event, where we took direct action that resulted in a direct response from the city!
Environmental Assessment for bike lanes on Bloor St approved by Council!
In November 2013, City Council approved a request to revive the study of bike lanes on Bloor St, through a Bloor-Dupont Bikeway Environmental Assessment! We pushed hard for this, supported by our petition with 1,700 signatures, our Action Alert on the issue, and our ward advocates who urged their councillors to support the item at Council. We're thrilled that Council supported it 30-3! Work to begin in late 2014.
City of Toronto saves BIXI!
Also in November, members of City Council unanimously agreed to save BIXI Toronto! In addition, they added plans to expand our bikeshare system through the planning approval process and parking standards for new residential and commercial buildings. More details here. It's a great outcome that puts our public bike system on solid finanical ground. We worked hard to build support for BIXI Toronto, with successful petitions for both community members and businesses. We argued that public bike systems are critical to our public transportation network. We're glad that Council agreed!
Board of Health Adopts Our Recommendations to Ban Construction Materials in Bike Lanes
Have you ever been suddenly forced into traffic thanks to construction materials blocking your bike lane? Soon, that issue will be a thing of the past. We teamed up with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and made a joint submission, and Cycle Toronto’s Jared Kolb presented on the item. The Board of Health adopted many of our recommendations. Read more about them here!
Contraflow lanes are finally being implemented on Shaw St! Though contraflow lanes were approved across the city 5 years ago, they were held up due to legal issues ever since. Working with key allies, we worked hard to clear these roadblocks and build support for the project, including a petition with nearly 400 names on it, 50 submissions to Public Works & Infrastructure Committee and a team of presenters. Read more about contraflow lanes here and about the win here.
Nathan Phillips Square Bike Station Reinstated
You’d probably agree that 360 secure bicycle parking spots in 24 underused car parking spots is an efficient use of space. However, the NPS Bike Station was held up due to a projected loss of $70,000 per year to the Toronto Parking Authority. We worked hard to show that this was a fictitious number as the parking garage was rarely full. We presented on the item and built public support to get the bike station reinstated. The bike station was reinstated by a vote of 26-5 at council! Read more here!
Single File Riding By-law: Repealed!
The fine for riding side-by-side on all roads in Toronto was to increase to $60 later this year; it had far-reaching consequences for all cyclists because it both outlawed the sport of road cycling in Toronto and would prevent people from riding side-by-side on quiet residential streets. We teamed up with Morning Glory Cycling Club and Lapdogs Cycling Club and presented on the item at Public Works & Infrastructure Committee. Read more here!
Bike Month, Ward Advocacy, Street Smarts & our Bike to School Project
In addition to these important wins, Cycle Toronto coordinated Bike Month 2013 in the City of Toronto and expanded it across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area through a partnership with Smart Commute.
We have also delivered nearly 70 Street Smarts Clinics and Workshops this year; our workshops are designed for new and seasoned cyclists looking for more on safe cycling techniques and basic maintenance.
And finally, we’re thrilled to start work on our Bike to School Project with CultureLink and funded by the Trillium Foundation.
And more to come
Month after month, we continue to push the conversation to improve our City’s streets forward with elected officials, City staff and cyclists across Toronto. We advocate on behalf of cyclists at City Hall and act as a strong, positive voice for cyclists with the media, while coordinating exciting programs like Bike Month and Street Smarts, and fostering grassroots activism through our Ward Advocacy Program.
But we can’t do it alone. If you ride a bike in Toronto, join our movement for safer streets. Starting at $30, your Cycle Toronto membership supports our campaigns, projects and programs. You’ll receive a member card in the mail, which is good for discounts at bike shops, retailers and restaurants across Toronto. We’re all in this together.