The city will be hosting a meeting this next week to discuss the Mid-Humber Gap—the infernal 8oom missing link in the recreational path which, if completed, would join dozens of kilometers of trails north and south of us, instead of forcing users up and out of the river valley onto Weston Road.
Months ago, city staff floated three possible designs, two of which would have required users to leave the valley. But—blowing away my expectations—they say the preferred option is the one along the valley bottom. It’s a complicated design, with two bridges back and forth over the river, and an elevated boardwalk.
The city has posted plans, and will be soliciting your feedback after the meeting, which will be Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30.
Metrolinx says that they will be tearing up bike lanes that are still being built.
The path in question is on Eglinton, near the flats.
In a meeting on September 28, Mike Mattos pointed out that Metrolinx is going to be moving the bike path from one side of the road to the other as it builds the new Mount Dennis Station—and the path isn’t even yet finished. “You’re going to rip up the bike path that is being built as we speak”, he said.
A spokesperson for Metrolinx said “The city [is] installing their multiuse path as part of their capital projects for this year…. We did acknowledge that that is being built now and that …. the decision was made as different pros and cons were balanced that at least the community, you know they’ve been waiting for years for this amenity, and for the next couple of years anyway, they’ll be able to use the bike path. “
While this seems like a case of bad planning and a waste of money, the path will remain open during construction.
The city says that Weston and Mount Dennis are “red zones” when it comes to cycling and social equity—but it isn’t doing much about it.
The city says that Weston Road would make an excellent bike route (red in the map below). But according to Spacing Magazine, it’s not going to happen. It’s not part of the city’s 2021–2023 implementation plan.
Jane St (orange) would make another good route, but it will only be studied —though, as I reported earlier, the city had been planning extensive bus-only lanes. As far as I know, the orange route along the railway tracks is only a dream.
Planners did say that there will be
Weston neighbourhood connections extending from Silverthorn Ave and Trethewey Dr.. and will connect to the Mid-Humber trail and closure of the gap.
However, in the city’s recent briefing slides, these connections are only to be studied.
Mount Dennis is in particularly bad shape, with less than one percent of the street (measured by the kilometer) having a bike route. However, Mount Dennis looks to be getting only a path along Eglinton, to connect to the new station.
Transportation Services will be reporting on their new bike plan for 2021–2023 later this fall, and will bring it to City Council.
There’s a new little bike repair shop in Weston: Cheel’s Wheels.
Mark Cheel says “I was recently let go from my project management position due to COVID-19 and I figured, while I was on the job hunt, to get back to my roots and jump back into bicycle repair”, an industry he has more than a decade of experience in.
His prices are very fair: $30 for a tune-up, which includes a lube job, gears and brakes, wheel truing and a safety check. For $15 he’ll pick up or deliver, too.
And, because you can’t be too safe, he wipes down the bike before and after any repairs.
Call or text Mark at (416) 951-8950 if you have any questions.
A beautiful ‘spring’ day along the Pan Am Path that runs below and to the West of Weston Road. There’s a whole different world by the river in Cruickshank Park. This evening, a cyclist travels north towards where the trail ends at a set of steps (St Phillips and Weston Road). This part of the trail was built in 2013 and hopes were high that it would continue north. Instead, cyclists must haul their bikes up the steps and continue along Weston Road to Fairglen (where the trail continues) with fading sharrows their only protection from busy traffic. If the stair climb doesn’t get you, a driver on Instagram will.
The recently released ‘MOVING FORWARD‘ is ‘An Action Plan to Improve Safety and Opportunities for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Ward 11’. It’s a huge and detailed report by the Ward 11 Pedestrian Safety and Cycling Committee (PSCC) and contains 31 recommendations. The plan was commissioned by Councillor Frances Nunziata in an effort to create a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians in Ward 11. It has already received praise in other jurisdictions.
This is a fantastic report by the pedestrian and cycling safety committee in Ward 11. 31 specific recommends to make streets safer.
Cycle YorkSouth-Weston has tweeted this fascinating wish list for Weston drawn up by residents back in 1985. Some very forward looking ideas were proposed and some have actually come to pass (the Humber footbridge). Would the people who created this list 33 years ago be pleased or disappointed with the progress made since then?
from a 1985 public consultation asking residents what they would like to see improved on their main street “Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame and Museum” “Weston Bicycle Festival and road race” “reduce speed” “take back the main street” pic.twitter.com/XMiTcxKhX6