Spacing Reports on the Success of Pedestrian Zones

Just before the fall term began, we reported on the City’s plan to close streets on Ryerson and the University of Toronto campuses to create public squares on their campuses.

Last weekend, well into the school term, Dylan Reid of Spacing Magazine went to check out the new squares at the University of Toronto and reported his findings on Spacing.

TCAT in the News: City Plans on Adding 30km of Trails

This fall, Toronto will add approximately 30 km to the Finch and Gatineau hydro corridors and the Don Valley Trails. This is one of the largest expansions of Toronto's trail system in one year. When it's completed it will almost be possible to ride around the entire city on an off-road trail.

Changes to Front Street at Union Station to Accommodate Pedestrians – Public Comments Being Accepted Until July 27, 2010

The City of Toronto is currently considering reconfiguring Front Street West from Bay Street to York Street to accommodate anticipated increased pedestrian traffic resulting from GO Transit’s expansion.

Ideas coming from the city include:

BIXI Toronto Needs You!

Toronto. Great news BUT City Council imposed several important conditions that need to be fulfilled by Nov 30th in order for the program to move forward. One of these is that 1000 membership pledges are required by Nov 30th.


The Toronto BIXI team has prepared the attached Q&A. Please have a look and get ready to sign up for BIXI Toronto as soon as memberships become available!

Bike Boxes and More Pedestrian Scrambles ... Approved!

Last week, City Council approved the installation of “No Right Turn on Red” regulations at 5 downtown intersections. Prohibiting right turns on red at these intersections is required in order to install bike boxes and pedestrian scrambles, similar to those already in place at Yonge-Bloor and Yonge-Dundas.

Toronto Environmental Alliance Releases Mid-Campaign Mayoral Candidate Report Card

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) released their Mid-Campaign Mayoral Candidate Report Card last week. The organization ranked five of the mayoral candidates based on their commitment to the following six categories:

Good News Toronto Launches Kindness Campaign Aimed at Cyclists and Motorists

Each month Good News Toronto features a suggested act of kindness in their ongoing Kindness Campaign. This month's campaign is aimed at improving the relationship between cyclists and motorists. Readers are invited to perform a suggested random act of kindness (or one of their choosing) and leave behind the “Kindness Card” provided in the newspaper.

John Street Corridor Improvements - Input by June 30

The City of Toronto, in association with the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area, is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to examine potential improvements to the public realm of John Street consistent with concepts outlined in the Toronto Entertainment District Master Plan.

Campaign to Get Rid of Bylaw Making Street Hockey Illegal

In the 1970s, Toronto enacted a bylaw that made playing street hockey in the street illegal. But, now city staff and councilors are considering getting rid of the bylaw, thanks to a campaign by Matthew Blacket, member of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee and publisher of Spacing Toronto.

“It’s wrong to have bylaws that outlaw ‘the active and healthy lifestyle that our government is actually trying to encourage,’" said Blackett.

One Step Closer to Getting Bike Boxes!

On June 22nd, Toronto and East York Community Council voted unanimously to a report authorizing right turn on red prohibitions at four intersections in order to install bike boxes. The report also included a fifth intersection (Bay-Bloor) where right turns on red will be prohibited when the pedestrian scramble is installed. Prohibiting right turns on reds is critical to improving both the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

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