Good news for Pan Am Trail cyclists.

The Pan Am Path passes through Weston, albeit grudgingly. Cyclists wishing to take the trail north of Cruickshank Park are forced to take a steep climb up the steps to the intersection of Weston and St. Phillips roads. In order to re-join the trail, a dangerous stretch of Weston Road must be traversed safely – from personal experience, this is no easy picnic.

The good news is that the multi use trail will have some new intersections as it crosses the Humber heading towards Dundas. Scarlett Road will be getting bike lanes along that stretch.

Looking south from Scarlett Rd and St Clair Ave W
The proposed new and improved intersection at Scarlett and Dundas.

The driving force for this comes from surveys and a public meeting held in late 2017 to discuss issues around the upgrading of the intersection at Scarlett and Dundas. Plans are to widen the space under the tracks and lower Scarlett to end the traffic bottleneck and height restrictions at that location. At the public meeting, among other things, the need for separated bike lanes was expressed. Plans were modified over the past year to include these as seen in the map and cross-section below.

Map of bike lane (cycle track) along Scarlett Road from the Humber River to just north St. Clair Avenue at Bernice Crescent. Options for cycling connections to Scarlett Road being considered for the future include Eileen Avenue to Pritchard Avenue or Eileen Avenue to Corbett Avenue.

A meeting to discuss the latest plans will be held early next week.

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: Drop in 6:30 to 9 p.m.. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Location: Lambton Park Community School, 50 Bernice Cres., Wheelchair accessible.

This meeting was requested by local Councillor Frances Nunziata who will be in attendance alongside Councillor Gord Perks.

For more details, click here.

5 thoughts on “Good news for Pan Am Trail cyclists.”

  1. For sure, that intersection & rail bridge at Dundas, Scarlett & St. Clair is “dog’s breakfast”.

    It’s been a troublesome mess forever – always a hazard for anyone or anything passing through that intersection.

    Glad we only have to manoeuvre it occasionally – if we choose.

    As for that proposal for an expressway “bike lane” – from the Humber River bridge location south of Eglinton, up the Scarlett Road hill to St. Clair & Dundas – I suppose it’s better for those in a hurry, not wanting to follow that beautiful bike path already in existence alongside the meandering Humber River valley, through the James Gardens and Lambton Woods areas.

    A lovely river valley parkland – around since I was a kid (‘70s), bombing up & down the valley to keep my hockey and soccer legs in shape via my bikes.

    Couldn’t ask for more!

    Anyway, given all that noted in Roy’s report, and Monday night’s meeting to discuss this idea with politically hard left champion, Gord Perks, and our own mushy middler, Frances Nunziata, maybe this important issue can be discussed, as well – especially because it also has to do with costing and questionable City of Toronto expenditures:

    Late yesterday, CTV News Toronto’s, Natalie Johnson filed a report yesterday (Fri. Apr.26/19 @ 6:15pm) about how the City of Toronto spent millions buying and maintaining light-duty fleet vehicles that aren’t used enough to justify their cost, according to the Auditor General’s report.

    A fleet = vans, cars, pickups and SUVs.

    Apparently, 230 city owned vehicles are driven less than 5000 km/year.

    And, the purchase cost for the vehicles was about $10 million, with an annual cost of about $314,000 a year to maintain these gently used vehicles.

    Evidently, this represents about one fifth of the City’s 1900 light-duty fleet.

    The report’s finger points toward these 3 City divisions:

    – Parks, Forestry and Recreation division – with the highest number of under utilized vehicles

    – Toronto Water

    – Transportation Services.

    And, the same divisions paid out a substantial amount in mileage to employees who drove more than 5000 km in their personal cars. (?)

    Those employees received an average of $3600.00 each.

    Hmmm?

    No wonder conservative Premier Dougie, loses his alleged mind whenever the topic of City fund mismanagement surfaces – in conjunction with, rhetoric about not spending enough on social services in our City, rightfully or wrongfully.

    The rail bridge/intersection transformation at that intersection – we need. And, price tags on projects are never what we windup spending, in the end.

    Discuss, amongst yourselves.

    And, discuss at the meeting, this Monday night with the bureaucrats in attendance, and with the elected ones from the area – Perks & Nunziata.

    (Wouldn’t it be something if the Auditor General attended to add to that bonfire. The basics of her report are online – via CTV News, Toronto – video & written reports available. Got a feeling there’ll be more said come Monday – unless there’s another frivolous distraction in our midst.)

  2. Scrap the proposed cycle tracks on Scarlett! I thought we wanted to ease congestion. How does decreasing car lanes help? (Not sure if they are decreasing lanes or using up space that could be used for extra lanes)

    1. Well, to start with, you assume we want to ease automotive congestion. I’d rather ease heart congestion–and the pollution that causes it. Bikes are also silent, healthy, and carbon-free.

      You also assume that bike lanes cause congestion. It’s not self-evident that they do. To start with, bikes take up very little space–but also carry commuters. Also the data are complicated.

      Finally, roads aren’t just for cars, you know. Bicyclists pay taxes, just like you. We deserve services for our money, just like you do.

      1. In addition, bike lane encourage already-existing or soon-to-be new cyclists to use a particular route by making them feel safe from an otherwise hostile road. Case in point. I will use the new bike lanes when otherwise I would resort to other further options. Adding an extra lane for cars is old hat.

  3. Thank you for stating what is obvious to anyone not blinded by the windows of a car. Building bike lanes is necessary to help move away from the reliance on the pollution and traffic created by our dependence on cars.

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