West End Bikeways – Update & Meeting Invitation

Here’s a follow-up on the West End Bikeways project, launched in Wards 14, 18 and 19 in mid-October. The goal of the West End Bikeways project is to address gaps in the bikeway network in the downtown west end (from south of Bloor to the Gardiner, and from Parkside to Bathurst) by identifying short-term projects that can be completed in 2009 and 2010.

As part of the project, City staff put out a call for submissions to cyclists requesting their ideas for bikeways in the study area. The deadline for submissions was November 5th, and I understand that staff received responses from nearly 70 cyclists in the downtown west end. Staff are currently reviewing the responses and preparing a summary of all submissions.

In an effort to continue engaging people who submitted their ideas, the project is hosting a follow-up meeting and workshop specifically with those respondents. The meeting will be hosted by Transportation Services in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union, and will be held on Thursday November 27th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Parkdale Public Library (located at 1303 Queen St. West).

At the meeting, city staff will present an overview of the project and a summary of ideas submitted by members of the public. They will also be soliciting feedback on a preliminary short-list of bikeway projects drawn from a review of the submissions.

Cyclists who attend the evening meeting will be invited to sign up for an afternoon workshop to ride short-listed routes and ground-proof them with staff. This afternoon workshop is scheduled for Saturday November 29th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. (location to be confirmed).