Dundas bike lane re-opens in Leslieville
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May 27, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Dundas bike lane re-opens in Leslieville

Beach Mirror

Just in time for Bike Month, the bike lane on Dundas Street East from Pape to Carlaw avenues in Leslieville has re-opened to cyclists.

Initially, the plan was for the lane to be off-limits for a year while Streetcar Developments staged the construction of two condominium projects at 1220 Dundas St. E. and 345 Carlaw Ave.

However, the busy cycling route was becoming a safety concern and an alternative situation needed to be considered, Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher said Tuesday, May 26.

“It was a very dangerous situation, actually,” she said. “Dundas is such an important thoroughfare for cyclists.”

This led to a site visit as well as several meetings with Ward 30 Bikes (the local cycling advocacy group), city staff and the developer. A successful motion was also made at Toronto and East York Community Council.

In the end, an agreement was reached to restore the bike lanes on Dundas Street East by shifting everything over.

This plan also allows for the maintenance of the pedestrian walkway as well as traffic lanes, Fletcher said.

To achieve this, some parking spaces had to be temporarily removed.

“It’s a great solution,” the Toronto-Danforth representative said. “The (Dundas) bike lane needs to be fully open and full functional. It’s a busy commuter route.”

On Tuesday morning, Fletcher, Ward 30 Bikes co-leaders Sylvia Slaughter and Brandon Quigley alongside Aaron Knight of Streetcar Developments gathered at the northwest corner of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street East to celebrate the re-opening of the local bike lane.

“It was great to be able to work with Councillor Fletcher’s office and Streetcar Developments to get the Dundas East bike lanes open again just in time for Bike Month for the hundreds of people who bike this route every day,” Quigley said in a message to The Mirror.

“We need to make sure that streets are safe for everyone on the road whenever construction happens in Toronto.”

- Joanna Lavoie

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