Joe Mihevc is Toronto’s city councillor representing Ward 21, St. Paul’s West. He is an advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.

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PW33.1 – Improving safety for bicycle commuters

Letter from Councillor Mike Layton and Ceta Ramkhalwansingh to the Chair and members of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee

At its June 2014 meeting, City Council unanimously adopted the installation of a cycle track pilot project on Richmond Street and Adelaide Street with the intent of improving safety for cyclists entering and leaving the downtown core. The plan had widespread public support and City staff worked feverishly to complete the installation of this project.

Now that the cycle track is complete, it has lived up to expectations with one very notable exception; the cycle track is not physically separated from lanes of vehicular traffic.

Without a physical separation, the lanes do not improve safety for cyclists as anticipated. Delivery trucks and other vehicles are constantly parked in the bike lanes and cars frequently use the cycle track to bypass traffic in other lanes forcing cyclists into lanes of fast moving vehicular traffic.

To read the complete letter, please click here.

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards

This Review is being undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council.   The Review will look at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to ‘draw the lines’ among Toronto’s wards. Any changes that occur as a result of the review will come into effect for the municipal election that takes place in 2018. Learn more.

Public meetings to discuss the current ward structure will be held in December 2014.

For more information:   Twitter – @DrawtheLinesTO or via email:  416.365-0816 ext. 224