10th Anniversary of @STRCanada #biketo #cycleON #onpoli cc @EMcMahonBurl

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!


New Portion of the Martin Goodman Trail Open #biketo

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.:

Goodbye Pinch Point! Martin Goodman Trail Improvement Coming #biketo #walkto

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.

Upgraded Trail to be Reopened Mid-September, Pending 3rd Party Work”

Great to see this update with a timeframe for the trail to re-open.

Lower Don Trail Construction Updates

Metrolinx has issued permits for third-party work required before City contractors can complete the trail work. The third-party work includes a cable utility relocation at the new Belleville Underpass, and the trail crossing over the active rail line by the new Pottery Road trail bridge. The rail crossing work can only happen on weekends due to weekday commuter rail traffic.

Meanwhile, City contractors are assembling all the plant material and new soil required for site restoration and enhancements, ready to mobilize when the third-party providers have completed their work in the next few weeks. Re-grading and paving the affected portions of trail will be the last step.

Plans are coming together for a re-opening event and celebration of Toronto’s ravines in September. It will be announced here, and we hope you will join us to ride, walk, and enjoy the new connections and underpass.

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