As you may have seen or experienced, our Woodbine Bike Lanes are in the process of being installed!
They should be completed by early September and will run from Queen Street to O’Connor Avenue. Traversing Ward 31 and Ward 32, these lanes will help to provide connectivity in our current Cycling Network. This initiative has been in the works for years but essentially was a one year work in progress at city hall and in the community.
In terms of timing, and how this item moved through committees and Council, the PW7.5 Ten Year Cycling Network Plan was discussed at the May 5th 2016 Public Works and Infrastructure meeting . It was then debated by City Council at their June 7th meeting in 2016 where it was ultimately adopted. Additionally, PW15.10 Cycling Facilities on Woodbine Avenue and Corley Avenue was discussed at the September 27th 2016 meeting and debated and adopted at the October 5th 2016 City Council meeting. The Woodbine Bike Lanes were supported by the majority of Council members as well as Mayor John Tory.
The City of Toronto is committed to improving its cycling infrastructure by providing connections to existing bike lanes in order to create a network. This network will allow people to travel around the city easily – the lanes on Woodbine Avenue are a key connecting piece. Earlier this year, City Council unanimously approved TransformTO Report #2 – this report focuses on the wide breadth of strategies that we need to implement in order to reduce carbon emissions in the City. Increasing active transportation is one of those key strategies that supports the Ten Year Cycling Network Plan. Additionally, the City of Toronto’s Public Health department released a report in 2014, Active City: Designing for Health. In it, one of the ten main design principles is to “have safe routes and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists”. There are a number of key initiatives across departments at the City of Toronto that support the implementation of a comprehensive cycling network.
There were a number of methods used to conduct outreach and to solicit input from the public on this item. You can find both consultation and media listed below.
- 36,850 flyers for public drop-in events delivered by Canada Post (June 9) – the distribution area was bounded by Lake Ontario on the south to north of O’Connor, as far west as Coxwell Avenue to Main Street on the east.
- 2,000 postcards distributed at local events and venues including: Bike to Work Day Group Commute (May 30), and Ward 31 Environment Day (June 20), Ward 32 Environment Day(May 18), Ward 31 Bike Rally (May 21)
- Tweet about public drop-in events (June 20)
- Door canvassing on Woodbine Avenue by Councillor Davis (May 29, June 2, June 16) and Councillor McMahon (July 8, July 22)
- Email invitation to 8 area associations including: Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Association, Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association, The Beach Triangle Residents Association, Danforth East Community Association, Woodbine Heights Residents Association, Topham Park Association, Gledhill Park Association, and Woodbine Gardens Homeowners Association
- Over 100 subscribers on the project email list, prior to the first public drop-in event
- Project Webpage: toronto.ca/woodbinebikelanes
For more details, please see full report.
Torontoist September 15, 2015
CBC.ca May 10, 2016
Torontoist June 1, 2016
Beach Metro Article September 28, 2016
Inside Toronto Article September 28, 2016
Toronto Sun Article November 27, 2016
Inside Toronto Article Dec 3, 2016
CBC.ca Article May 30, 2017
Toronto Star Article June 5, 2017
Metro News July 28, 2017
East York Chronicle August 9, 2017
Inside Toronto Article August 22, 2017
Inside Toronto Opinion August 24, 2017
BlogTO August 25, 2017
Cycle Toronto FB
Following installation, cycling and motor vehicle traffic flow and volumes will be monitored. If needed, additional further modifications may be applied:
- adjustments to road markings, signs, and/or flexi-posts
- modifications to traffic signals
- accommodating commercial and accessible vehicle loading
To mitigate the impact that the cycle track will have, traffic signal timings along this corridor will be reviewed and modified where appropriate. Naturally, with this sort of infrastructure project, there will be changes in the way that vehicles move through the corridor and it will take some time for everyone to adjust to these changes. I urge you to be patient during this transition as we familiarize ourselves with the “new” Woodbine Avenue. For those of you who cycle, I encourage you to try the new lanes and join us on September 9th for the official opening party! (See poster below for details.)
Frequently Asked Questions about the lease with Tuggs Inc.
I remain convinced that this lease between Tuggs Inc. and the City was not in the best interests of our community. Unfortunately, the lease was signed and approved by City Council before I was elected Councillor. During my time in office I have been repeatedly reminded of how much this community gave up through a sole-sourced deal which has hindered the public’s enjoyment of our parkland.
I have noticed a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding this lease and what exactly Council will debate next month. In the interests of providing clarity I have tried to answer some of the most common questions that have arisen.
Finally, I want to assure you that my only interest in this issue is to secure the best possible outcome for this community and our park.
New Bike Share Locations in Ward 32!
Protected Bike Lanes Proposed for Woodbine Avenue
Councillor McMahon, Councillor Davis and City of Toronto cycling staff are hosting 2 meetings to hear your thoughts on proposed protected bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue. the lanes are proposed to extend from O’Connor Dr. and Queen Street East. In addition, short connecting bike lanes along Norway and Corely Avenues. These lanes have been proposed as part of the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan’s 2016 Implementation Program to expand and improve Toronto’s streets for cycling.
For more information about the bike plans and to register for updates please visit this page.
Upcoming Public Drop-in Event (same information will be presented at both events)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
- Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Location: Stan Wadlow Community Centre, 373 Cedarvale Avenue
Thursday, June 23, 2016
- Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Location: St. John the Baptist Church Norway, 470 Woodbine Avenue
Councillor McMahon’s Environment Day, May 19th
Councillor McMahon’s Statement Regarding LS10.3: ‘A New Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw to Regulate Toronto’s Ground Transportation Industry
Afrofest will be Issued a 2-day Permit for Woodbine Park
Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, the City of Toronto and Music Africa Inc. are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to grant Afrofest a permit for July 9 and 10, 2016 in Woodbine Park.
All parties are committed to working together to ensure Afrofest is successful this summer and in future years.
Afrofest organizers acknowledge that there were some permit violations related to past years of the festival and, the city admits to unclear communication regarding permit end times. With this agreement we look forward to a positive future for the festival and are committed to including Afrofest in the cultural and musical landscape of Toronto.
Going forward, the Toronto Music Advisory Council has committed to offer its expertise to help ensure the success of Afrofest and all other music events across the city.
Parks are shared public spaces and any permit issued for their use must be complied with fully.
We all look forward to a great summer of music and fun in Woodbine Park.
Toronto City Councillor, Ward 32
President, Music Africa
Director, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
S.H. Armstrong Community Centre Renovated
Over NBA All-Star weekend, Councillor McMahon was happy to announce that the new floors at S.H. Armstrong Community Centre have been installed. The new surface was made possible by National Basketball Players Association and Canada Basketball.
Councillor McMahon and Canadian Nation Team Player Sim Bhullar
Winners of the 2016 Winter Stations Competition
Last year the Winter Stations brought thousands of people to our community to enjoy the beauty of the beach in winter.
This year, Winter Stations is back! Check out the winning applications which will be installed in the next few weeks.
The opening of the Winter Stations will occur on Monday February 15th (Family Day).
Conditions to the Approval of the New Hope Shelter at 29 Leslie St.
Below are the recommendations I am putting forward regarding the men’s shelter at 29 Leslie St. These conditions are based on what I heard from our community, let us know what you think. Contact me at email@example.com
If you are interested in deputing at the Community Development and Recreation Committee please come to Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street W.) on January 27th, 9:30 AM. Or contact the clerk of the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hope Shelter Coming to Ward 32 [29 Leslie Street]
I would like to welcome the Salvation Army’s New Hope Shelter to Ward 32.
The need for shelter beds is growing in our city and with the recent closing of the Hope Shelter on McCaul Street, that need has been exacerbated. Emergency shelters offer temporary housing and support to Torontonians who have nowhere else to turn. I am committed to making this facility a success for the local neighbourhood and the men it will temporarily house.
Our community has a reputation for being accepting and welcoming to all. The incredible compassion and generosity for Syrian refugees has been inspirational, and I expect that the same spirit will be shown toward this facility.The New Hope Shelter will be open round-the-clock and will provide a range of services including meals, counselling, and housing placement.
I have full confidence in the Salvation Army as operators of this facility and in the Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration staff from the City of Toronto.
Joy Connelly, a local resident and housing expert, will be the Community Liaison on this project. Please feel free to reach out to her (email@example.com or 416 466 2371) with your thoughts on this project and how to help make it a success.
Finally, a Drop-in Open House to offer more information to local residents will be held on Saturday, January 16th, 2016, 1 – 3 pm at the Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre at 30 Knox Ave.
Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
Have your say on Taxi, Uber and Limo regulations in Toronto
Toronto is reviewing all the regulations for ground transportation in the city.
We need the public’s input to learn how you use these forms of transportation and what licensing and regulation frameworks make sense to you.
Visit this website to offer your thoughts on this important issue.
Letter to Residents Re: Pantry & Woodbine Park
Today, City Council unanimously supported a recommendation from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation to begin formal negotiations with the Toronto District School Board regarding a long term ground lease of Pantry Park in exchange for the release of the TDSB’s option in Woodbine Park. This is a complicated negotiation that will take many months to work out. In the meantime, I have ensured that City of Toronto staff will continue to collect input from the public. Please direct any of your questions or thoughts on this lease to either Ryan Glenn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to me (email@example.com).
Over the past several weeks, I have heard from dozens of Ward 32 residents regarding this issue. Many have expressed support for a lease while others have concerns about how the park will function in the future. I have spoken with many of you on the phone, or on your doorstep about Pantry Park as it operates today, and how it might in the future. In these conversations I have heard several concerns that I have incorporated into an amendment to the authorization for this lease.
I have ensured that the lease will not allow:
- Blockage of back gates onto the park
- Construction of any structures on the park
- Sub-leasing of the park by the TDSB
- Exclusive use of the park by the TDSB outside of school hours
Furthermore, I understand that many of you were concerned about the length of time that the staff recommended for this lease. I have asked that the length of the lease be a point of negotiation between the City and the School Board. And, the price of permits will also be a point of negotiation.
I understand that the idea of a long term lease is something that should not be rushed into. This issue moved through the legislative process at the City slower than many park leases and has had more communication and input from the public than is usual. Not everyone will be happy that we are beginning this conversation however I am confident that it is a conversation we must have. Kew Beach Public School needs green space for the children to play safely and the community as a whole wants Woodbine Park to remain undeveloped.
This situation arose because the TDSB approached the City. I would have preferred that this issue never arose however, the situation we find ourselves in forces us to begin these negotiations.
Finally, if the City and the TDSB enter into a lease for these properties, it will ensure that both parks remain open and undeveloped parkland forever. Securing and preserving open space is essential in a growing city.
Councillor, Ward 32
Beaches- East York
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.
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.
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 pattern.
Wildwood Park Improvements
Following three community meetings and a survey organized by the ‘Friends of Wildwood Park’, a preferred concept for the redesign of the park has been developed. Scott Torrance Landscape Architects have developed this preferred concept plan. The park will have new play structures for a wider range of children, a new shade structure and mulched play surface.
Queen Street Revival Ideas
Below 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
- 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
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
WinterStations is Transforming our Beach
Councillor McMahon is proud to support Winterstations, an art and design competition which will temporarily transform our Beach from February 16th to March 22.
The WinterStations launch was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that was involved.
You can visit these incredible art pieces until March 22.
Here are some of the recent articles covering the WinterStations:
Eastern Avenue Construction and TTC Diversion
Eastern Avenue will be reduced to one westbound lane from January to December 2015.
This closure is needed to replace aging water infrastructure and to create a sidewalk on the north side of Eastern Ave.
Work will take place from 7AM to 7PM however, installation of the TTC streetcar tracks will require some overnight work.
The 143 Beach Express Bus will also be diverted.
For more information please use the following contact information.
Easan Vallipuram (Project Manager)
Diego Sinagoga (Community Liaison)