TO: Paula Fletcher
RE: TEYCC 16.26 Bloor Transformation Project
As a resident in your ward who bikes from Jones ave across Bloor/Danforth to my job at the University of Toronto, I've been watching the changes planned for the Bloor St. redevelopment between Yonge and University. The plan to NOT include bike lanes (and from the drawings, even ring posts) is deplorable. Traffic conditions along that stretch are very perilous for cyclists and I feel the City is missing out on a perfect opportunity to encourage active/green transportation by facilitating both pedestrian and bicycle traffic along Bloor St. Just as buildings implement changes to encourage accessibility for people with disabilities, the City must endeavour to encourage bicycle traffic on our streets; bike lanes are integral to this strategy and their omission on the Bloor St redevelopment merely cements the primacy of the automobile for transportation.
I urge you to INSIST that a bike lane on Bloor be part of any redevelopment. It was first proposed in 1992; 16 years is too long a wait.