HiMY SYeD

The Peoples' Mayor ~ Syed For Toronto

Vision 2020 – Mobility – BikeCity

“Vision 2020 – Another Toronto IS Possible” – Mobility – BikeCity

Toronto Mayoral Candidate HiMY SYeD has informally been sharing his BikeCity Vision with cyclists and the wider community since May 25 2010, the beginning of his Campaign in becoming The Peoples’ Mayor; and prior to that from January 4, 2010 in listening to cyclists and the wider community.

’ BikeCity ’ is a key component in his integrated overall 10 year direction of hope in Toronto: ’ Vision 2020 – Another Toronto IS Possible ’.

’ Vision 2020 ’ is defined in three broad themes – Mobility, Sustainability, Identity.

The ’ Vision 2020 ’ theme of Mobility begins with ’ BikeCity ’.

The complete Mobility theme within Vision2020 will be expanded upon and shared later in mid-September.

Regular participants of the month end Critical Mass group bike rides, have learned select details of the BikeCity Vision, first on Friday July 30 and recently this past Friday, August 27, 2010.

On Wednesday September 1, 2010 HiMY SYeD will Formally share his 10 year BikeCity Vision in Toronto at 11 am outside The Bike Joint, 290½ Harbord Street.

Media, Cyclists, and the wider Community are invited to ride their bikes and attend the announcement of ”Vision 2020 – Another Toronto IS Possible” – Mobility – BikeCity

Thank You.

Location:
The Bike Joint, 290½ Harbord Street

Time: 11 am on Wednesday September 1, 2010

Contact:

HiMY SYeD For Toronto
Mobile: 647.701.SYED
Email: HiMY@October25.ca
http://Twitter.com/HiMYSYeD
http://Facebook.com/HiMYSYeDforToronto

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UPDATED with following from Wednesday …


Vision 2020 – Mobility – BikeCity Announcement – September 1 2010

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Following are my raw unedited BikeCity Notes which I presented on
September 1 2010

Vision 2020 – Another Toronto IS Possible.
It is NOT safe to ride a bike in this City.

World Urban Forum – Thoughts Reflections
Rio – Trying to be better
Curitiba – Forgot about it , no retrofitting the design error.
Sao Paulo – No longer hypocritical

Will hold two Mayor’s Bike Summit.
Spring – How are we doing?
Fall – How did we do?
What do you call a BikeLane in Scarborough or North York?
Answer :The Sidewalk.
First Spring Mayor’s Bike Summit in Scarborough Civic Centre.

Toronto 2012 – Year of Cycling
– Key to The City is a bicycle.

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What do you think should be done with the Toronto Bike Plan?
What resources would you put toward it?

The Bike Plan has become the orphaned distant cousin housed in the  family home we all call Toronto.

Until TransitCity appears, Let’s create and complete BikeCity.
Toronto’s Bikeway Network was to be completed by 2012.
We lied. As a City. To Ourselves.
Other Candidates talk billions for Transit, LRTs, Streetcars, Subways, yet they present dubious suggestions of where the money is coming from to finance and built this.

For the amount of dollars which in truth is a “rounding error” on a 9.2 Billion dollar budget, Toronto can have every bike-related to-do
item done. Not years or Decades, but months and one term of council.
There are things the Mayor’s office can direct staff to do directly.
Others will have to go to council. Let’s get on with it.

For example, The St. Clair ROW cost $106 Million and six years and numerous local business owners and people are still financially hurt  by its de/re-construction process.

Roncesvalles and Bloor Street Revitalizations are unknown in both dollars and delay.

Biking and Cycling give the Most Bang for the Taxpayer Buck.

Once the decision was made, it took only $65,000.00 and three weeks for Transportation Services to paint/install the Jarvis Street Bike Lanes.

Jarvis needs the Bike Lanes to end at Bloor not Ted Rogers Way. Jarvis needs the Bike Lanes to reach the Waterfront and not abruptly end at Queen Street.

We need, to put it bluntly, more “rounding errors” to be invested in separated barrier bike lanes.

I want separated barrier right of way bike lanes that are solar powered, with LED lights which are activated by motion sensors when cyclists approach that stretch. I confirmed with a master electrician the feasibility of this, and it’s not science fiction.

The Toronto Cycling Committee and Toronto Pedestrian Committee, have called for the creation of a Senior Trails and Pathways Planner
position — a Trailmaster — within the Parks Division.

We need a Trail Master who in charge of the forgetten part of the bike plan. The bike paths in ravines, parks, trails, wherever streets are not involved, the Trail Master must have at least a dozen staff and correct budget to give these trails the TLC that today is lacking.

How much TLC?

Several years ago, it was estimated that Bike Trails in our Parks had a $20 million back log of state of good repair maintenance.

That’s a quarter of the Parks Division State of Good Repair Budget.

We need to prioritize this 20 million as it is the best investment of Tax Dollars in favour of Bike trails and related upkeep.

For less than the investment cost of the Entire St Clair Streetcar Right of Way, we can have that complete BikeCity with desired routes connecting people, not just in a few choice privileged areas of the city, but the entire city.

Why haven’t the 13 Priority Neighbourhoods been prioritized for connected Bike Highways? If TransitCity is the good enough argument there, BikeCity is a slam dunk.

We need East-West Bike Ways, The Tooker for one, Sheppard for Another, Eglinton Avenue from The Airport to Scarborough East for yet another.

We need to re-invent what we mean when we say Bike Network.

It must be part of an integrated understanding of what the word ‘mobility’ means in this City.

BikeCity means freedom of choice in mobility across Toronto.

2.       How would you encourage people to bicycle in Toronto? Do you support the proposed Bixi-style bike sharing program and, more  generally, bicycle tourism?

I would dedicate 2012 as “Toronto’s Year of Cycling”.

We ain’t perfect, in fact we’re in the stone age when it comes to a progressive vision of cycling in Toronto.

Let’s go with what we got, bring attention without apology in our shortcomings over the past decade.

We must de-criminalize the Monthly Critical Mass bike ride.

Almost every month, regardless of which City I am in, I will find myself a bike, and join the Critical Mass bike ride.

I have done Critical Mass in San Francisco, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and elsewhere.

It’s fun. It shouldn’t be a hassle with a police escort waiting to give tickets and spoil the fun.

I would steal inspiration from Vancouver and put “June is Bike Month” signs throughout the city.

We need to create a car-free route each Sunday, for bikes, pedestrians, families with children in strollers, in-line skaters.

It may be along the waterfront, it may be elsewhere, but we must have this one day each week to enjoy a car-free family-friendly ribbon through Toronto.

Ottawa has it. I lived there and it is wonderful along the Rideau Canal.

Rio de Janeiro has car-free Sundays. In March of this year, I was there, rented a bike for a less than 10 Canadian Dollars and enjoyed Copacabana Beach on two wheels.

Why not Toronto?

At The Gladstone the other night, I was actually the FIRST official
BIXI rider to take Bike No. 1 for a spin:

I support BIXI, but as it is now, I feel it is set up to fail.

BIXI needs at least 5,000 bikes TO START and a much wider footprint within our city to kick-start.

Temporary BIXI docking stations must become part of NuitBlanche, AfroFest, and festival heavy days in Toronto during the Summer. At times, we have up to 10 different events happening in Toronto on the same weekend. Let’s put BIXI docks at each of those events.

This allows people the freedom to choose their own point-to-point festival-to-festival scheduling.

Imagine doing the same for TIFF, Art Gallery BIXI bike-crawls, and so on.

BIXI will be a key choice of mobility for guests duing the Pan Am Games in 2015, but it won’t happen without a laser beam focus on the
steps to get BIXI to where it needs to be.

Vision 2020 – Another Toronto IS Possible – Mobility

Free Bike Rentals for visiting Convention Delegates

Background – Toronto is a leading destination of choice for many North American Conventions. Outside of scheduled meetings and convention hours, delegates become tourists, exploring our city, investing time and money in local businesses, restaurants, attractions, and events.

Vision – Include, encourage, or provide BIXI Toronto or equivalent Free Bike Rentals for Convention delegates during their stay.

Conclusion – A number of cities provide a week-long free transit pass for Convention Delegates. Why not bikes? In providing Free Bike Rentals, Toronto provides an added value for hosting conventions here.

It also gradually introduces our cycling infrastructure to a world wide audience. It’s good for tourism, it’s good for business, it’s good for people who live here too.

Integration – This is environmentally friendly. It’s healthy. Visitors to Toronto will be introduced to the city in a unique way, their own way. It complements other choices of getting around the city. Plus with peak time congestion and transit delays, cycling for some Convention delegates may be the better way.

Transformation – Free Bike Rentals bring in a new unexpected base of sponsors to Toronto’s Bike Taxi / Bike Rental program, namely host hotels or Convention organizers. This income stream indirectly benefits local bike renters. It improves the perception and understanding of cycling by both Torontonians and Tourist Delegates.

Regeneration – This helps Toronto along the way in becoming a cycling city, not just for residents, for our guests as well. It confirms Toronto is a bikable city. It helps prioritize cycling infrastructure around Convention facilities.

Vision 2020 – Mobility – Free Bike Rentals for visiting Convention Delegates

3.        What role does the bicycle play in your life? What role do you think it should play in the life of the city?

Bike, Foot, Transit, Taxi.

In that order, is how I prioritize how I choose to move about this city.
The bicycle for me is what shoes are to most people. They are my feet.
Most early mornings I bike to the bottom of the Baldwin Steps, below Casa Loma, to do my morning run up and down the steps. I could TTC it to Dupont Station and walk north the two short blocks, but where’s the fun in that?

The pleasant downhill-ish return bike ride home from the Baldwin Steps is always the reward for my morning work out.

Other mornings, I randomly decide to bike out to enjoy a sunrise from a lifetime’s worth of inventorying the best Toronto spots in which to do so.

A car could only take you so far, and the time it takes to ‘walk’ to a number of these locations would mean I’d miss the sunrise. Biking’s the way to go in the early morning.

Through the day, when duties demand I be in and around the downtown core, being on Bike is much faster and more convenient that depending on the ever-increasing iffyness of our Subway or Streetcars of late.
…But transit is another question…

At day’s end, when traffic is near-non-existant, I simply ‘enjoy’ riding my bike around neighbourhood side streets. It helps me wind down both my always active mind and natural high energy levels.

A quick bike ride is also the secret best cure for insomnia.

I have moved back into one of my childhood neighbourhoods, this time near Bloor & Ossington. Having grown up riding my bike around here, I intimately know many short cuts, desired paths, laneways, parks, playgrounds, and parking lots which are both cyclist-friendly and bike-nasty.

As a child, there were no painted bike lanes, and cycling ‘infrastructure’ was a parking meter on the sidewalk you might lock your bike to.

Growing up, I used to feel unsafe locking my bike for fear that it would get stolen. Nonetheless, I would lose a bike a year to theft, and get many more lectures from my parents each summer about not getting a new bike until I learned to take better care.

It’s often said, some qualities skip a generation, and so it is with cycling between me and my maternal Grandfather.

Despite having a comfortable life, able to afford a car or two, my Activist Grandfather always rode his bicycle, everywhere. From the suburbs where he lived, with daily round trips into the downtown core of the whichever city he happened to be in.

Likewise, no matter what city I live in, or vacation to, I will borrow, rent, or buy a used bike from a local bike shop, quickly begin exploring the new place and get on with enjoying life on two wheels.

Cycling is in my DNA.

And that’s where the Cycling needs to evolve in the life of this city.
Like electricity or water, it should eventually just become something ubiquitous and invisible, obvious and taken for granted.

Bikes, Cycling, and Cyclists need to become woven into Toronto’s DNA.

4.       What routes or trails do you use while riding your bike inToronto? Have you ever felt unsafe riding in Toronto?
One of my high schools was Jarvis Collegiate Institute.

From grades 10 to 12, Jarvis Street was often a highway to me beside asidewalk.
Rush hour co-incided with the start and end times of the school day.
CTV filmed me as the first official cyclist to ride the new Jarvis Street Bike Lanes.

The paint was barely dry, the orange pylons on the then only completed bike lane section north of Wellesley Street were removed, and the Jarvis Street renewed itself as a safe shared public space for car, cyclist, and pedestrian.

I felt safe riding the bike on Jarvis Street. Finally.

I have been doored once, ironically near steps south of the Mary Pickford memorial plaque on University Avenue.

I often feel unsafe riding my bike. Especially when road construction
happens on regularly biked routes, bike lanes or not. Consideration for Cyclists seems to always be an after thought in safe re-routing of traffic around construction zones. That is a question on lack of integration.

But on streets with painted bike lanes, it’s a different story.
Depending on which street, the comfort level varies. Lansdowne with its sharrows sucks, it’s my least favourite. I did one semester at West Toronto Secondary School which is on Lansdowne, and again, it today yet remains unsafe/uncomfortable for cyclists.

The nearby parallel West Toronto Bike Path is a parallel universe and is not quite an alternative for short hops along Lansdowne.

Harbord Street near my home all the way to Queen’s Park is currently my favourite route of choice. I go out of my way to use Harbord. I would much rather it be Bloor.

Why do I know Harbord is a safe bike lane?

A few weeks back, I witnessed a dad with his little daughter maybe 5 or 6, on a very early weekend morning in the Harbord Bike Lane. He was teaching her how to be safe on the road, how to trust herself in riding a bike. I stayed well enough behind but within earshot of hearing his encouragement in how well she was doing.
Words fail me in expressing how happy I was to see this most unexpected moment.
As a child, in this same neighbourhood, it was hard for me to feel safe on these same main streets.

Safety is the number one answer given to me when I ask people/voters why they don’t ride their bike, or don’t ride their bike more.
The Martin-Goodman Trail.
I like it. I enjoy it.
But. The damn lines haven’t been painted in like…forever!
Well, at least not since that first striping at the trail’s inception.
As Mayor, I’d get the blue and green lines refreshed almost immediately.
And cared for after that.

Sheppard, and Ellesmere in Scarborough around the Scarborough Town Centre and east to Markham Road is another of my routes. The amount of roadspace on roads such as those for dedicated low barrier separated bike lanes is reasonable and plenty. It would be safer for both Drivers and Cyclists.
What do we call a Bike Lane in Scarborough?
The Sidewalk.
Exactly the point.
It’s not safe to ride one’s bike on Scarborough’s main Streets, which is where the desired bike routes are today.
Many streets in Amalgamated Toronto present this opportunity.

5.       Council recently decided to nix a pilot project for a separated bicycle lane on University Avenue. Do you think the City of Toronto should have physically separated “Montreal style” on-street bike lanes? Which streets?
I was inside council chambers at the late hour of 9:40 p.m. on the evening Councillor Fletcher claims to have voted incorrectly on the University Avenue summer trial of separated Bike Lanes.
I was stunned as the Councillor tried to explain her actions and was re-pissed off as the Deputy Speaker would not allow a re-vote despite re-votes being allowed by the Speaker of Council on separate matters earlier in the day.

As The Bike Mayor, I must bring the University Avenue Bike Lanes back.

In the interim, Similar to what has been done on Jarvis Street, we can forego the centre Boulevard separated bike lanes down the middle of University Avenue, and create the more familiar curb side painted bike lanes.

The Mayor’s office can direct staff to install Painted Bike Lanes.

“Painted” Bike Lanes need not be voted on by Council. And even if it did, So what? It is the right thing to do. The right thing to vote for.

Yes, the parking spots up and down University Avenue may have to go.
(The Cab stands can be adjusted for regardless)

Again, so what?

The lanes of vehicle traffic will remain exactly the same as they are now. We’re removing ‘parking’, not a lane of traffic. Hence that list item in the war-on-car argument becomes moot.

There is enough car parking within walking distance of Hospitals along Hospital Row. And I have a different unique parking solution but more on that later.

I like biking down University Avenue, but I am always a extra notch above careful when doing so.

As The Bike Mayor, I would Name the University Avenue Bike Lanes, separated or not, “The Pickford”.

The question of Montreal-style separated bike lanes…
Montreal has colder, snowier, messier winters than Toronto, yet they are mad busy in building separated dedicated bike lanes.
We in Toronto have no excuse. Why not us?
I attended World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro in March, Saw them there.
We need them. On as many roads as possible.
They need to be cleared of snow and debris.
Potholes fixed.
They need to be integrated with the entire streetscape.
But But But But..But….is what echoes all the time when defending the inevitability of separated bike lanes across Toronto.
Take me to any major street in this city, and I will Feng Shui all the street furniture, the width of the sidewalk, the small shop owners’ business interests, Utility Poles, Tree Planters and confirm that Separated Bike Lanes ARE possible and perhaps imperative in that length of the block.

I actually ‘enjoy’ confusing the skeptics and winning over voters one by one as this question has been coming up while street canvassing.

It is not a question of separated bike lanes.

It is a question of safety for people who ride bikes and peace of mind for people who drive vehicles who sometimes kill or maim people who
ride bikes.
Nothing less.

6.       Torontonians are concerned about congestion, lengthening commute times and the impact of the automobile on our air. Do you feel there are too many cars in Toronto, too few or just the right amount?

I feel we need to focus on reducing the per capita miles driven.

Reducing overall time spent in the car is the goal.
I want to create “Spare The Air Days”.
On days when there is SMOG/health alert, we must find a way to allow FREE morning Transit.
I asked Mayor Miller about this possibility for Toronto, and he bagan his answer with, “We can’t, because….”
I disagree. It is possible. And that’s one goal we must reach.
The San Francisco Bay Area does this and I have experienced it while visiting my Grandparents in the East Bay across from SF.
http://BART.gov, their version of GO Transit, is Free on Smog days.
BART Actively invites Cyclists to ride with their Bikes.
We must create the welcoming encouraging situtation where drivers willingly forgo their cars and choose to bike, walk, or ride-pool their way into today’s congested areas.

There will always be too many cars. An electric car will not ease congestion. It will still be a car.

The first best option is always to reward people who live as close as possible to their work or business. Who needs a car when you work across the street?

It’s the Mayor’s job to create the situation where people begin reducing their annual number of hours spent inside a car voluntarily.

8.       How can transit work more effectively with bicyclists?
We need to evolve our understanding of ‘transit’, ‘biking’, ‘driving’ to one of ‘mobility’.
Urban Mobility is the universal overlapping sweet spot in understanding how transit can be better integrated with Cyclists.
Here is simply a list of must dos that must be done:

1. Better maps within TTC Subway Stations and GO Transit Stations.
Maps must show bike parking, nearby bike lanes, and bike trails, be they in parks, ravines and so on. Most maps of Toronto show TTC subway
stations, it’s time Bikes became a priority on Toronto’s Maps.

2. Choosing the rear-most subway car in the standard chain of 6 subway cars, or 4 on the Sheppard Line, to be dedicated for bikes and being
bike-friendly.
Why?
Because then every subway rider will be aware that the rear most subway car is for bikes. People will expect bikes on the Subway
Platforms and know that if they don’t want to be around bikes, to choose any of the other 5 cars.

It also removes uncertainty for cyclists. They know they are welcome to bring their bikes onto a specific subway train car.

The yellow bumpy warning stripe at the edge of the subway platforms can be labelled with a giant circle with a bike icon in the middle of it. 4 of these giant stickers can be on the ground/platform floor where the doors to the rear-most subway car open.

We need to put the small bike wheel width railing tracks up and down
the stairs of all subway stations. This will allow Cyclists to roll their bikes up and down from ground level to subway platform level easier. It also is safer for pedestrians walking up and down TTC station stair ways.

3. We need BIXI docking stations at as many TTC Subway stations and key surface route intersections as possible.

People can BIXI to one subway station, ride the rocket, exit the TTC system at a point of their choosing, then pick up a new BIXI bike and be on their way.

We need more secure bike parking around TTC Stations.

4. Each new dedicated transit lane for surface routes, must include the question of how biking and cyclists will be integrated.

Why isn’t the York University express busway integrated for Cyclists to also use between Downsview Station and York University?

Let’s fix that, and then include that learning in every other dedicated surface route.

5. The completion of The West Toronto Railpath must be included in any Union Station to Airport transit proposal.

Not doing so is an insult to the West Toronto Railpath riders as it is now incomplete and begging to be completed all the way to Union.

There is a lot more on my list, but hopefully this gives you an impression of the direction and understanding of ‘mobility’ that I believe the Mayor’s office must inspire and make happen.
9.       Do you think it would help ease congestion to have most courier company’s small packages in the downtown core delivered by bicycle and foot?

Yes.
The answer is as simple as that.
Yes.
Now here is just one example of an in-depth answer…
It Depends.
This cannot be a one-size-fits-all answer.
It depends on the regular client base of each courier company.
Where are the mail rooms of those clients?
Are they in the office towers within the Financial District or are packages being picked from various location outside of the downtown core and being delivered into the core?
What floor? What is the security procedure for entry to the mail room? How slow / busy is reception in various offices?
We need to evolve the ‘cycling courier infrastructure’ as the root of the solution in easing congestion from the viewpoint of small package delivery.
Here’s what we need to do:
There is not enough bike ring nor even bike parking to go around in the Financial District, yet hypocritically, the office tower owners don’t want bike rings etc uglying up their manicured pavements on King and Bay and Wellington and Adelaide.
Without the services of Bike Courier delivery, much business within those office towers would be directly affected. Negatively.
We need bike-courier-only bike parking near as many office towers.
Similar to existing Taxi Stands around those same locations.
We need to integrate the needs of bike courier delivery into every installation of dedicated bike lanes in the Downtown Core. It has been looked at from this perspective before but not to any serious level of consideration.
Toronto needs dedicated separated by cement barrier bike lanes which are safe enough for bike couriers with trailers to navigate in wthin the financial district and core.
To truly begin to address the question of how congestion can be eased by bike courier package delivery, we need to re-invent the question to get a better answer.
UPS. What has Brown down for you lately?
The City can work off that marketing approach.
” What has ‘Bike’ done for you lately? ”
Imagine bike and foot couriers taking not just small packages, but packages that are small to medium sized, without getting so big, that they are denied carriage into regular office tower elevators and are directed to the service elevators (or even conveyors).
Imagine the delivery contents of an average UPS truck being broken into 5-10 bundles.
Each bundle can fit into an elongated bike trailer.
The Bike Trailer Courier Cyclist would pick up bundles two or perhaps three times in the day from a central pick up point. It could be a co-op model between courier companies who opt-in voluntarily for a central package sorting location. It’s cost effective.
She or he would meet up at a designated bike courier parking / delivery spot at the base of Office Towers.
From there, couriers on foot would pick up small and medium sized packages from those bundles in the bike trailer for delivery into the
same towers they are now in front of.
Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
Until all is delivered.
The bike courier bike trailers would of course greatly benefit from dedicated bike lanes throughout the downtown core.
Would this ease congestion?
The answer can be as simple as,
Hell Yes.
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CityWide BIXI with as many bikes as required.
Public Bike Sharing system for Toronto. It will benefit our city, and users will pay for it.
Toronto  is “playing it safe” by only investing in 1,000 bikes at just 80 stations.  We have 2.5 million people.
“During just the first 3 months of operation, Montreal’s Bike system accumulated over 8,400 members and over 77,000 users… all of whom paid to use their version of Bixi.  Over 3.6 million kms were travelled on Bixi bikes in just those 3 months, which eliminated 900,000 kg of greenhouse gases.”
Montreal – a city of 1.6 million people – launched with 3,000 bikes at 300 stations and later increased its fleet to 5,000 bikes at 400 stations.
BIXI launched in London, UK with more than 6,000 bikes at 400 stations for its first phase. Now at triple that number.
Paris, not commonly known as the most bike-friendly city, with a population of about 2.1 million in the city centre has 20,000 bicycles available at 1,639 stations with its Vélib’ system.
New York City is NOT far behind.
Toronto at 1,000 bikes at 80 stations is far behind.
“At this point in time we can’t seem to operate a public bike system at no cost to the city, which is contrary to what council proposed,” Gary Welsh, Toronto’s transportation services manager
That was the last council.
In BikeCity, I’ve decided I don’t care how many Subscriptions BIXI sells here.
I am announcing that if the people Elect me as The Peoples’ Mayor, I will also be a Bike Mayor.
I will immediately expand the BIXI footprint City-wide. With as many bikes as possible in Spring 2011.
We should be able to undock a BIXI in West Hill, East Scarborough and dock it in Rexdale if we wish.
I was in Montreal last month, I saw how it all integrates together.
Toronto, We must do better.

Toronto Environmental Alliance’s 6 priorities.
4. Build Transportation Infrastructure Everyone Can Use
Cycling and walking are important forms of transportation that contribute to a healthier population and reduce negative impacts on the environment. We need infrastructure built to accommodate bikes and pedestrians as well as transit vehicles and cars. In the U.S. this is happening through “Complete Streets” policies that ensure the planning and redevelopment of streets are done with all users (pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders of all ages and abilities along with cars and trucks) in mind.

While a “Complete Streets” policy is developed, key transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes, need to be built, the Toronto Walking Strategy can be implemented, and all road users can be educated about road sharing and responsibilities.

Specifics in BikeCity

  1. Complete the West Toronto Rail path to Strachan Ave, and then to Union Station – Community Green Linx – MOBILITY Theme
  2. Install protected bike lanes on Strachan Ave to provide safer access to the Martin Goodman trail
  3. Install protected bike lanes (bi-directional) on a main east-west arterial downtown (Richmond or Adelaide)
  4. Add more contra-flow bike lanes on residential one-way streets (or provide exemptions to designated residential one-way streets for bicycles)
  5. Add protected left hand turns from bike lane on major roads (in China, cyclists can turn from the right side of the road safely with traffic signals)
  • Support a by-law that makes it mandatory for apartments and condos to allow bicycles inside the units to make it more convenient for cyclists
  • Implement “bike counters” on major biking streets to showcase the number of daily cyclists
  • Support bike sharing programs, outside of and beyond the BIXI program – Car sharing, think ZipCar, DashCar, AutoShare.
  • Push for better enforcement of cars parked in bike lanes + increase in fines
  • Support pedestrian-only streets – Queens Quay, Kensington Market or Yonge Street are good candidates to start with.
  • Support a revenue-neutral carbon fee at the provincial level to help Encourage Cycling and Discourage unnecessary driving
  • Push to remove downtown restrictions on pedal taxis (currently they can’t operate on parts of King, Queen, Gerrard and Front)
  • Support the 3-foot passing law being proposed at the provincial legislature – Toronto’s ” Gimme 3″ Safety Campaign.
  • Support hiring of a cycling ambassador to the City of Toronto – Will work alongside my Proposed “Athlete Laureate”
  • Support strict liability to protect the most vulnerable users on our streets
  • Implement “Idaho stops” (yield) for cyclists
  • Install bike boxes at “tight” intersections – Queens Quay is a good example (westbound at Spadina) where cyclists get “squeezed” by cars
  • Implement more “no right turns on red” (for automobiles only) at major intersections to protect pedestrians and cyclists
  • Support congestion tolling on cars entering the city
  • Support and encourage Toronto businesses to be more bicycle-friendly
  • LED solar powered motion detector lighting of Bike Lanes
  • The Tooker – Bloor Street bicycle lanes. Fully separated Dutch-style lanes.
  • Seamless multi-modal transit. This means bicycles on the subway during rush hour in a dedicated bicycle subway car. Which means capacity on the Yonge line being freed up by beefing up the parallel Richmond Hill GO line so that GO trains run every five minutes during rush hour.
  • The Eglinton and all other Transit City lines to be built with fully-separated bicycle lanes as part of the LRT right-of-way.

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