Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion - stakeholder meeting 2

[Written in Facebook1 and posted here with link added]

2nd Tommy Thompson Park, Entrance Pavilion stakeholder meeting Presentation PDF came in email this morning.

So everyone has a better idea of what is proposed at this point, I publish three slides from the presentation.
  1. Pedestrian & Bicycle Circulation.
  2. Bus / Shuttle circulation.
  3. Layout Strategy (noting the 'Tabletop' outline)

Image 1
Pedestrian & Bicycle Circulation

Image 2
Bus / Shuttle circulation

Image 3
Layout Strategy


Public motor vehicle circulation happens only on the entrance driveway (left side of the image south off Unwin) and in the parking lot area ... NOT on the Spur Road's 'Tabletop' (a ~20cm raised platform that defines a relaxed pedestrian dominated zone).

In this cycling advocate's opinion, the numbers of Bicycle Parking spots are way too few - not only as compared with excessive number of parking spots for cars (110) - but also as it relates to the reality of a Park in the midst of a dense urban built form that requires by it's nature, a sustainable, active lifestyle.

Again in this cycling advocate's opinion, the placement of the Bike Parking is sure to make both facilities VERY INSECURE:
  • Bicycle Parking south of the Pavilion is hidden behind the structure and is down off the Tabletop - so likely invisible from Unwin/Leslie;
  • The other Bike Parking area is at the southern most extent of the precinct - as far from Leslie/Unwin as is possible in this site plan - and is also down off the raised welcome area - so hidden by distance, and topography.

As well, the proposed Bicycle Parking is away from potential Police patrol routes on Unwin and Leslie; they are Unlit, and, Uncovered.

The sense one gets from this document is that the major users of the park - by a vast amount (80% cyclists vs 20% all other visitors) are an after-thought; and embarrassment, an irritation. To put into marketing speak: the Cycling Culture will hurt the Park's 'brand'.

All these small elemental 'Disses' add up to the exact opposite effect that industry best practice and City of Toronto environmental, transportation and planning policy try to achieve towards modern sustainable city-building.

Despite how crappy it makes me feel, I will continue playing the annoying irritant that you can't scratch - at Stakeholder Meeting 3 - coming up shortly.

Michael Holloway,
Tommy Thompson Park User Group,
Cycling Representative
2011-2017


1  Facebook @ Ward 30 Bikes Page, by Michael Holloway, Feb 9, 2017 | https://www.facebook.com/ward30bikes/posts/1218903768223555

Images are from DTAH's Presentation at the Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion stakeholder meeting 2, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Metro Hall, Room 302




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Monday, November 14, 2016

Complete Streets Opportunities on Logan & Eastern - Weston Bakery Redevelopment


Completing the existing cycling commute grid; extending the grid; making local connections - as part of the Weston Bakery Redevelopment proposal and other nearby developments.

Below is an image of the City’s online GIS map zoomed in on the south of Ward 30 (Riverside, South Riverdale, Leslieville and and the South of Eastern area). The Bike Infrastructure layer on the map is enabled (red lines, pink lines, blue lines) - and then we add markup to an image of the map showing , nearby development proposals (black lines), and our proposed new cycling infrastructure (gold lines).

Complete Streets Opportunities on Logan & Eastern - Weston Bakery Redevelopment - Full Size: http://bit.ly/2gbmY7J


The Weston Bakery proposed development is for retail/residential complex. Here's the blurb on the City of Toronto Development Applications webpage:

"Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning application to permit the re-development of the lands for the purposes of a new mixed use development containing residential, and commercial uses. Included in the proposal is the construction of a 7 storey mixed use building complete with ground floor retail uses including a food store and 259 residential dwelling units above. An additonal 7, 3.5 storey town house type dwelling units would be constructed on the Logan Avenue facade . 288 parking spaces to serve the development are proposed to be provided, all in a below grade parking structure. Resubmission Mar 17, 2015: Flood Plain and Flood Proofing Analysis pending advise from the Province on the Lower Don Lands SPA."

We see this as a great opportunity to extend the Eastern Avenue Bike Lanes from where they end just east of Logan, west to Broadview - and add cycling infrastructure to the existing 'Logan Avenue Bikeway'.

The local road network is already full to gridlock during peak hours - we need to increase these roadways' capacity - the only way to do that is to make them 'Complete Streets'. This means adding infrastructure that supports not just driving, but cycling and walking too.

In the near future the Relief Line will go right under this precinct as will Smart Track (on the heavy rail line on the berm). People will need to walk to mass transit stations nearby. As well, 20% to 30% of us will choose to cycle to work and school - if that option is made safe.

All the indicated black boxes (except the First Gulf ‘East Harbour’ development) purport imminent higher population density in the immediate area.


They include:
  • 462 Eastern Avenue - Weston Bakery (259 residential units)
  • 875 & 887 Queen Street East - Church and Heritage structures on the southwest corner of Queen/Logan (118 residential units)
  • 897 Queen Street East - Jim's Restaurant, AutoShare Lot (59 residential units)
  • 7 - 79 East Don Roadway & 661 - 667 Queen Street East - Riverside Square (894 residential units)
  • 21 Don Roadway | First Gulf's 'East Harbour' - a 'New City Centre' - Offices/Retail and a transportation hub bigger and more connected than Union Station.

So massive new local population density and massive new local employment.


East-West Cycling Grid

To handle all the transportation needs of all these new residents we propose extending the Eastern Avenue Bike Lanes east to Broadview and then connect them to a point due south of Monroe and create a route north-south through Riverside Square on a proposed 'Woonerf' there; connecting to a neighbourhood route through Rivertowne; through Riverdale Park East and connecting to Danforth Avenue west of Broadview.

We also see a connection to First Gulfs' East Harbour Transportation Hub - which runs along the rail berm from the overpass at Eastern to the west side of the Don Valley just south of Corktown Common Park.

As well, we envision a Pedestrian/Cyclists Bridge across the valley at Sunlight Park Road (where the existing steel bridge sits across the river abutting the southbound lanes of the DVP). This route takes advantage of a direct, line-of-sight path from Eastern Avenue at Broadview to the Richmond/Adelaide Bicycle Corridor which starts at Parliament Street.


North-South Cycling Grid

Logan Avenue is an existing Bikeway with a contraflow bike lane from Lake Shore Boulevard to Eastern Avenue. North of Eastern it continues as a 'Signed Bike Route' with Logan signed as a Two-Way roadway.

We propose that the City make Logan a One-Way Street from Eastern to Queen with a contraflow Bike Lane on it.

Image via StreetMix

This configuration will preserve existing one-side street parking. It can be configured either One-Way southbound, or northbound - with the contraflow either continuing on the east side of the street as it does from LSB to Eastern - or if the One-Way is preferred northbound - a contraflow on the west side with street parking on the east side.

We also propose similar treatment north of Queen to Dundas, where existing bike lanes travel up to Gerrard and north via a Woonerf style treatment between Gerrard and Bain - and beside Withrow Park as a painted road edge line that acts as separation for northbound cyclists with Logan marked One-Way northbound. We also propose that the speed limit on the Logan beside Withrow Park be reduced from 40km/h to 30km/h maximum.

We wonder if parking can be removed on Logan in order to create a bi-directional bike route from Danforth to Gerrard. If not - then a bike lane on Carlaw from Danforth to Dundas.


Links

Weston Bakery - http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3105811&isCofASearch=false

'Red Door' development - kitty-corner to Jimmy Simpson Park - http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=2c04cfacd6f0c410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c1c26d87bc002410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Riverside Square - http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=728da19cdcef7410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c1c26d87bc002410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

897 Queen Street East - Jim's Restaurant, AutoShare Lot - http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=dcab1bbd20711510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=c1c26d87bc002410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

21 Don Roadway | First Gulf's 'East Harbour' - http://project21.firstgulf.com/




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Friday, November 4, 2016

East Harbour (Unilever site) Update - what @Ward30Bikes is advocating for in this project


By Michael Holloway

via Toronto Star, via FirstGulf - East Harbour's Broadview extension south through a proposed Transit Hub on the rail berm - with (typical of last-century city building) missing Active Transportation visioning

East Harbour is developer FirstGulf's new brand name for the UniLever Site at Lake Shore Boulevard and Don Roadway (the Don River). With progress being made on the numerous different elements integral to this massive city centre development south of Eastern and Broadview, East Harbour has been in the news quite a bit of late.

Here's a good overview with lots of pictures:

Urban Toronto - November 2, 2016
Preliminary Plans Reveal Scope of Unilever Redevelopment
by Stefan Novakovic
http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2016/11/preliminary-plans-reveal-scope-unilever-redevelopment

I'm on the working group representing Ward 30 Bikes.

Not included in these overviews is all the active transportation infrastructure we've been talking about at ~2 years of working group meetings.

We're advocating for a way to extend the Eastern Avenue Bike Lanes west from Logan across the valley through this project.

We're advocating for an east-west corridor for bicycles from Eastern at the rail bridge along the south side of the berm (integrated into the massive Transit Hub somehow) and across the valley to connect to the Lower Don River Trail and to Corktown Common and beyond (Richmond/Adelaide Bicycle corridor).

Early designs also include a north-south route along the west side of the property and then a connection to the bridge across the valley via said transit hub (which extends from the west side of the valley to the rail underpass at Eastern).

We also want to extend the Eastern Avenue Bike Lanes west of the rail underpass to Broadview - and somehow north from there to the Viaduct near Danforth/Broadview.

Broadview is to be extended south of Eastern through the site and into the Port Lands. We see this section of Broadview as a street with high quality separated bike infrastructure on it (as does the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative report).


Image via: East Harbour: Where Toronto will go to work and play | https://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2016/05/09/east-harbour-where-toronto-will-go-to-work-and-play.html | via @torontostar



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