Illustration by Ian Sullivan
Ward by ward, the city's cycling network continues to grow. City councillors are responding to the call for more cycling infrastructure with an eye towards long-term support and connectivity. In our latest installment of From the Horse's Mouth, we asked councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) to bring us up to speed on work in her neighbourhood. (And in case you missed it, councillor McMahon also provided strong support for the Bloor Street bike lane pilot project.)
From Councillor McMahon:
The year 2016 will be see a huge expansion of cycling routes in Ward 32. My top priority for cycling infrastructure is to get bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue designed and installed and begin working on the Danforth Avenue bike lane study.
Working with businesses, residents and the local community to create these lanes will help create safe and speedy connections for cyclists from the east end to the lake and to the core of Toronto. The Woodbine bike lanes will be discussed in the community this summer and are expected to be largely separated.
Bike routes are planned along east and west along side streets including Norway Avenue, Corley Avenue and Eastwood Avenue. I am also keen to install bike counters and cycling repair stations and other improvements to the cycling experience in the community. Finally, we are also proud to welcome three new bike share locations along Danforth this summer.
I am very supportive of creating a minimum grid of cycling lanes across this city. As the vice-chair of the public works and infrastructure committee I have worked with the cycling staff to increase the cycling budget so that we achieve the minimum grid as soon as possible.