Annette Bike Lane: resident opinions sought

The City’s Public Works Committee wants to hear more from Bloor West Village residents about the proposed Annette St. bike lane. It, and Councillor Bill Saudercook, hosted a public meeting on September 15th which drew almost 100 people, a record number for such a gathering. Most spoke passionately in favour of a dedicated lane from Jane to Dundas – which wold be the only East/West bike lane in our area.

The Councillor favours a proposal that would see the lane removed from Annette from Jane to Runnymede, and replaced with a signed route (so no actual lane) on St.John’s Road.

Critics argue this is less safe and will not achieve the goal of moving more people from cars onto bikes. The meeting was not well publicized and the Committee says it wants to hear from those who could not attend before a final decision is made in October.

People have only until Monday, September 22nd to contact the Committee. The address is below.

We urge you to tell the Committee what YOU think, and send a copy to the Councillor: councillor_saundercook@toronto.ca

From the Public Works Committee

From: bikeplan [mailto:bikeplan@toronto.ca]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 1:50 PM
To: bikeplan
Subject: Annette Street Bike Lanes

Hello,

We would like to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts regarding the proposed bike lanes on Annette Street between Runnymede and Jane, and the alternatives being considered. Many of you attended the public meeting held on Monday the 15th at James Culnan Catholic School; others have provided us with comments via mail and email.

All of the comments we receive on this issue are a valuable contribution to the decision-making process and we want to thank you for your time and input on this matter. If you have not sent in your comments yet, please send them to us by Monday, September 22nd. City Transportation staff need to integrate the comments received into a report that will be presented to City Council’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The PWIC will vote on how to proceed with this portion of Annette at their next meeting on October 10th, so there is limited time for staff to prepare the material that will help Council members arrive at their final decision.

In the meantime, we have posted a copy of the presentation made by staff at Monday’s meeting on the Cycling website here:

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/annette-street-091508.htm

If you still want to provide us with comments regarding this issue you can:

– reply to this email address (bikeplan@toronto.ca);
– fax us at 416-392-2974; or
– mail your comments to:

Public Consultation Unit – Annette Bike Lanes
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 19th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6

Thank you again for participating in this process.