As much as I would love to see the railpath link up with the Richmond-Adelaide cycling route, it would be just as important to extend it in a northwest direction to link up the underserved neighbourhoods of Mount Dennis and Weston to the planned cycling grid. This northward extension is far from a fait accompli but its realization would demonstrate a greater commitment to neighbourhood equity on the part of our city planners than we currently see in the allocation of active transportation infrastructure.
What about linking up the railpath with the new Under the Gardiner project?
Why would I cycle or hang out under the Gardiner when I can bike 30 seconds south to the Martin Goodman Trail by the lake?
The Under-Gardiner project is happening because of a one-time capital donation from private sources. I am wary that it might divert operating dollars from other parts of the city that serve marginalized communities while making it more likely that the expressway will stay up longer than it might otherwise. Cities that have made the bold move of dismantling freeways near their waterfronts are making a statement about the role of the private car in their urban neighbourhoods. Toronto needs to do the same.
Lynette and Randal with kids Joshua, Lauren and EmmaLynette: It’s a great plan to extend the railpath. The rail lines come in handy every once in a while, but it would be better if we could bike.
Josh: My dad and me love biking.
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