SIDEWALKS & STREETS

LPRO is very committed to a better community for all of us to enjoy and as such we are a strong supporter of active transportation, whether you walk, cycle or roll. We believe in sustainable, affordable, healthy and enjoyable ways for us to get around our neighbourhood and city. We demonstrate this commitment through a close relationship with several advocacy organizations, including Cycle Toronto, the City’s leading cycling advocacy group, elected officials from all three levels of government, neighbouring residents' associations, and the local Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s).
Our Advocacy has had a favourable impact on the community with several safety enhancements over the past several years. We were instrumental in having the city install a refuge island on Bathurst Street to connect the Belt-Line Trail for the benefit of walkers, joggers and cyclists. We also consulted on the establishment of the Avenue Road Pedestrian Safety Zone that resulted in a speed limit reduction to 40km/h, added a curb-side buffer-zones to protect pedestrians and eliminated parking. This has resulted in a calmer and safer experience. More work still needs to be done on Avenue Road and all major arterial streets with a view to improving safety for all users.
Yonge Becomes A Complete Street

Yonge Becomes A Complete Street

In April 2021, Toronto City Council approved the installation of a Complete Street Pilot on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Davisville Avenue. A Complete Street is a transportation policy approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. The Complete Street concept as applied to this stretch of Yonge will incorporate two programs that were introduced by the City last year: ActiveTO, an enhanced network of protected bike lanes to allow cyclists to move around Toronto more safely, better connect the city, and mirror major transit lines; and CafeTO, an on-street dining initiative to support restaurants, bars and cafes. For Midtown Yonge, this means cycle tracks on both sides, expanded patios, on-street parking/loading opportunities, and artistic curb extensions to beautify the street and improve pedestrian safety at key intersections.

The Complete Street concept was introduced in 2020 on both The Danforth and Bloor Street West and was a huge success. The Midtown Complete Street Pilot project will continue to be reviewed and modified with a final report to City Council in the spring of 2022.

Complete Streets are to be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, come out and see for yourself!

Bike Thefts On The Rise

Bike Thefts On The Rise

Bike theft has become a serious problem in Toronto. The police are reporting that nearly 4,000 bikes were stolen in 2020, roughly three times higher than 2014. The recent boom in cycling and a limited supply of new bikes from manufacturers, both due to the pandemic, are likely contributors to this large increase in crime. Although it is impossible to protect your bike in every situation there are many common sense, effective steps you can take to significantly reduce the likelihood of losing your cherished ride to theft, including registering your bike with the Toronto Police. See the City of Toronto’s website for tips: Bike Theft Prevention

You can also register with Project 529 to increase the odds of recovering your bike if it is stolen. Their community includes over 400 law enforcement agencies, universities, bike clubs and bike shops around the world, as well as individuals like yourself. To learn more and register your bike click here: project529

Eglinton Connects

Eglinton Connects

Canada’s longest continuous bike path is coming in 2022!

The new streetscape design will include protected and marked cycle lanes along the Eglinton Crosstown route from Mt. Dennis to Kennedy Road. This is one of our highest priorities: once completed it will represent the longest bike lane in Canada at 19km long. Our task is to lobby all three levels of government to make sure funding is in place so that the bike lanes can be completed as planned and at the same time as Eglinton Crosstown is put into service, estimated for mid 2022.

Cycling Myths Debunked

Cycling Myths Debunked

As cycling becomes more popular as a means to travel around our city, opinions versus facts also seem to increase. The link below attempts to address this controversy:

Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI)

Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI)

A very effective Vision Zero tool

This program provides an advanced walk signal so that pedestrians begin to cross the street before vehicles get a green signal. The purpose of LPI is to provide pedestrians an advantage over turning vehicles at intersections where it is determined that pedestrians, wishing to enter the crosswalk, were being hindered by aggressive right turns. The LPI is used to improve motorist yielding behaviour toward pedestrians in a crosswalk. The LPI is particularly helpful for older or handicapped pedestrians, as they may take longer to occupy the crosswalk following the start of a “walk” indication, making them less obvious to turning motorists. There are currently two LPI’s in our community, both on Yonge St. at Briar Hill Ave. and Castlefield Ave.

Automated Speed Enforcement

Automated Speed Enforcement

Enforcement is a key driver of street safety

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. It is designed to work in tandem with other methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement. ASE is focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety. The images are reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers and then tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. Upon conviction, the only penalty is a fine – no demerit points will be issued nor will the registered owners driving record be impacted. Automated Speed Enforcement systems are currently active in Community Safety Zones near schools. In the first month, it handed out 22,301 of them. Mayor Tory said that’s a “horrifying” number of people speeding in school zones.

See the current locations of speed cameras in the City of Toronto: Camera Locations.
Our goal at LPRO is to make North Toronto’s sidewalks and streets safe for its residents of all ages. You can help us by identifying high risk areas to pedestrians and cyclists and making suggestions on how to improve them.

If you love to ride your bike to commute, shop or exercise and would like to get involved in our advocacy journey, consider joining the CycleTO Midtown group – a committed and fun group to engage with. Send us an email: tworrall67@gmail.com

Further references

The City of Toronto is a great resource for all aspects of cycling from the novice to the veteran: City of Toronto - Cycling in Toronto

CycleTO is a non-profit advocacy and the most effective voice for cycling in Toronto: www.cycleto.ca

Cycling from a by-gone era!

Walking up the hill to St. Clair, 1907
Nude bike ride from 1912?
Passing Old City Hall when it was new, 1899