I saw this article on Medium come across my feed about Share The Road (STR) Cycling Coalition’s 10th anniversary. Check it out here!
It’s been great to get to know the group’s founder, now MPP and Minister Eleanor McMahon, and participate in the Ontario Bike Summit and the annual Greg’s Ride. I still have and use my STR water bottle and jersey. Eleanor has been a wonderful mentor for my career and cycling advocacy, and it’s a lot of fun to spend time with and has lots of energy and passion.
While the circumstances of Eleanor founding STR are tragic, she’s worked hard and shown amazing courage to create change. Change was needed and it’s happening now. Well done to Eleanor, STR staff, board members, volunteers, and event participants!
I was cycling at Strachan and Lake Shore Boulevard West and noticed that the new portions of the Martin Goodman Trail have opened.
West of Strachan
East of Strachan
This new portion of the Trail is a great addition and provides a smoother and safer path than the old route as shown below.
The old route pictured above was sometimes used by cars and had a very abrupt right-angle turn a little off in the distance.
This new portion of the Martin Goodman Trail will also provide an easier way to get to the new park at Ontario Place.
Update: Here’s a map of the western side of the new trail:
On the east, it’s pretty good but I think a small extension would help avoid the conflict with Remembrance Dr.:
I was thrilled to see a tweet by Councillor Joe Cressy that a pinch point for people walking and cycling along the Martin Goodman waterfront trail will now be eliminated. Right now the sidewalk and the bicycle trail merges for a short distance just east of Bathurst St. There is a “cyclist dismount” sign where cyclists are asked to walk their bikes along the trail/sidewalk before resuming.
This has been a challenging and unsafe situation since it opened and it’s great to see that it will now be fixed.
Blue = Martin Goodman Trail, pink = sidewalk, orange = expanded deck to create more space.