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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IdeaSpace introduced as new online engagement tool for Torontonians

The City of Toronto has launched a new online engagement platform called IdeaSpace. The introduction of IdeaSpace at www.toronto.ca/ideaspace is the beginning of a year-long pilot project aimed at increasing engagement with Toronto residents.

IdeaSpace enables residents to connect with City staff through a web platform on which people can share their ideas and solutions on some of the civic challenges facing Toronto. The introduction of this online platform is a key element of the City’s efforts to increase accessibility and broaden engagement.

The first project to use IdeaSpace is a City Planning Division initiative called Growing Conversations: Making Engagement Work. This initiative seeks input on how the City’s planning processes and consultations can be made more meaningful. There are many ways to be part of Growing Conversations. One way is to log onto IdeaSpace and contribute thoughts and ideas.

The City of Toronto creates many opportunities for the public to shape the vision for the future of Toronto. The civic engagement website at www.toronto.ca/involved includes information about opportunities to be involved, how the City works, how decisions are made, and more.

The City hosts hundreds of public consultations every year, from city-wide consultations on major projects and policies to neighbourhood meetings to hear community input on development proposals or plans. Now Torontonians can also use IdeaSpace to engage with their local government.

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.