Extend the Bloor (and Dundas) bike lanes from Runnymede to The East Mall

Extend the Bloor (and Dundas) bike lanes from Runnymede to The East Mall

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Robert Zaichkowski started this petition to Mayor John Tory and

Office of the Mayor (City Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2)

Dear Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council,

We, the undersigned, support the extension of the Bloor bike lanes westward – along Bloor and contiguous Dundas Street to The East Mall – and improving the streetscape by making it safe for all road users with lower speed limits, narrower motor lanes, and community amenities such as benches and additional greenery. We believe that we belong on Bloor. 

The Bloor-Danforth bike lane – after decades of delays – now stretches 15 kilometres from Runnymede Road to Dawes Road. This bikeway has been very successful with over 4,000 daily bicycle trips documented, even when many people work from home due to COVID-19. Last year’s implementation of Destination Danforth also showed that our streets can be places for people to stroll with family or friends, to dine and chat, or to safely ride a bicycle to work or for leisure.

Extending the Bloor (and Dundas) bike lanes would serve neighbourhoods such as Bloor West Village, The Kingsway, Bloor-Islington, and Bloor-Kipling, including new developments proposed under the Housing Now initiative. These bike lanes would also connect existing cycling infrastructure along the Humber River, Royal York Road, and at the reconstructed Six Points intersection. Bike lanes help achieve Toronto’s Vision Zero road safety plan, public health goals, and our climate action objectives, and are consistent with public opinion polls that show over 80% of city residents in support of protected bike lanes.

We therefore urge City Council to move forward now on converting Bloor and Dundas Streets from motor thoroughfares to safe, inviting roads that support vibrant commercial areas, healthy neighbourhoods, and opportunities for healthy, active transportation.

For more information, please e-mail community.bikeways.toronto@gmail.com.

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