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Dixon Avenue Bike Lane Now Installed

With the installation of this yellow bicycle lane, cyclists will be able to lawfully cycle two-ways on Dixon Ave. Between Kingston Rd. and Lockwood Rd., the westbound travel lane remains one-way for motorists and cyclists. Cyclists who wish to travel eastbound may now do so in the eastbound-only bicycle lane.

Between Lockwood Rd. and Woodbine Ave., the eastbound travel lane remains one-way for motorists and cyclists, while the westbound-only bicycle lane will allow cyclists to make neighbourhood connections to Lockwood Rd. and Sarah Ashbridge Ave.

The installation of wayfinding shared lane pavement markings (sharrows) will help cyclists who wish to navigate between the Dundas St. East Bicycle Lanes and either the Waterfront Trail or Woodbine Park, without having to cycle on busy arterial roads such as Kingston Rd., Queen St. East, or Woodbine Ave.

This wayfinding connection has a push-button crossing at Queen Street (where Lockwood Rd. becomes Sarah Ashbridge Ave.), and directs cyclists to the push-button crossing so they may reach the Multi-Use Trails south of Lake Shore Blvd.

Dixon Bike lane

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do Yellow bicycle lanes work?

When a yellow bicycle lane is installed on a one-way street, the street becomes two-ways for bicycles, but remains one-way for other vehicles. When the cyclist is travelling in the direction that motor vehicles may travel, the cyclist shares the lane with the motor vehicles. To travel in the opposite direction, cyclists use the yellow bicycle lane.

 

Why do we need a yellow bike lane?

In order to keep residents who are cycling safe, it is important for the City to develop cycling routes. Yellow bicycle lanes on non-arterial roadways can help provide alternatives to having to cycle on busy arterial roads.

In order to avoid arterial roadways, some residents are already cycling the wrong way on one-way streets. Adding bicycle lanes will help to organize this existing demand to make streets safer for all road users. This includes adding stop signs and signals for cyclists. Bicycle travel does not create noise pollution, or worsen local air quality. Improving neighborhood cycling connections is an important action we can take to build healthier communities.

 

How are yellow bicycle lanes designed?

After planning and consultation with the public and all city departments, including Police, EMS, and Fire, the Transportation department will provide a pavement marking plan that will be safe for all road users including pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.

 

How will this project impact parking?

The addition of road markings does not require the removal of on-street parking.

 

How much does a bicycle lane cost?

This type of painted bicycle lane is an affordable way to improve transportation options by creating safer cycling conditions. This project will cost approximately $10 a meter to install.

Improving Private Sidewalk Snow Clearing

Councillor McMahon introduced a motion to investigate ways to enhance private snow clearing in Toronto.

Every winter we rely on our neighbours to clear snow and ice from sidewalks to ensure the streets are safe for pedestrians. Unfortunately, some homeowners are negligent in clearing their sidewalks leaving the streets unsafe for everyone. Councillor McMahon has asked the Transportation Division to investigate alternate methods of enforcement and education to ensure more of our sidewalks are cleared and safe next winter.

snow shovelling

Updated Designs for Kew Park Entrance

The City of Toronto, Councillor McMahon and the BIA have been working to refine the designs approved by the working group last summer for the entranceway to Kew Gardens Park.

Below are the most recent plans that include a surface of interlock pavers laid in a gradient patter.
09042015Updated Kew plan with pavers

Design Exchange will Host Free WinterStation Workshops

To celebrate and animate our neighbourhood during the WinterStations art event, the Design Exchange is hosting workshops at 1934 Queen St. E. on feb 28th and Mar. 7th from 1-4pm.

These workshops are open to everyone and will involve making scale models and learning about the designs of the WinterStation installations.

 

DX WinterStations Workshop Poster

Queen Street Revival Ideas

Queen Street Revival Meeting PictureQueen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Queen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Queen Street Revival Ideas copy 2Below is the short-list of top ideas submitted by groups at the Queen Street Revival. Choose the idea that captures your imagination and help to make it a reality. As always, if you require any assistance from the city please contact my office anytime.

 

Parking, pedestrian and cycling

  • Pedestrian events
  • Pedestrian days on Queen
  • BIXI bikes in the Beach
  • Adjust no-stopping times for traffic
  • Change parking regulations
  • Mandated parking spots for new condos

 

Social/cultural changes

  • Change one habit (social, healthy living, environmental, etc.)
  • Encourage residents to walk the neighbourhood
  • Local business owners shop locally
  • Try new places once per week
  • Create a ‘Welcome Wagon’
  • Say ‘Hello’ and be friendly in the neighbourhood
  • ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-the-Beach-Day’

 

Store and sidewalk design

  • Signage maintenance
  • De-clutter sidewalks (hang plants, plant trees with grates)
  • Uniformity of signs
  • Encourage businesses to participate in BIA
  • Architectural design controls
  • Theme windows
  • Revisit patio and café rules
  • Create parklets

Tourism and events

  • Promoting the neighbourhood as tourist district
  • Make neighbourhood a destination, especially in winter (skate trails, festivals with fire pits, Christmas market)
  • More events (like pumpkin parade)
  • More winter events
  • Drawing people from Boardwalk to Queen (bikes, zip line, toy train)
  • Farmers market at Kew Gardens (or other location in Beach)
  • Outdoor art exhibit at RC Harris
  • Use bandstand regularly from May – August
  • Market for local artisans
  • Kiosks on the Beach by local businesses
  • Change rules and restrictions for food trucks
  • Free WiFi or hotspots in the area

 

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