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New lower speed limits in EY will save lives, councillors say

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

The City of Toronto has installed scores of new signs along most of Danforth Avenue as well as much of Gerrard Street E., Main St. and part of Pape Ave. to let motorists know the speed limit has been reduced from 50 to 40 kilometres per hour.

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Mini-sized bike lanes now on O’Connor Bridge

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

The City of Toronto has now installed mini-sized bicycle lanes along the edge of both sides of the four-lane road on the O’Connor Drive bridge spanning Taylor Creek Park.

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Changing lifestyles, Council decisions mean car drivers will need to learn to share roads

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016

Recent decisions and initiatives by Toronto City Council are going to require East York drivers to get used to sharing the roadways with others using them for alternative means of travel —as well as for recreational activities. The City is planning to establish bike lanes the full length of Woodbine Ave. and in June held community consultations at which the proposal was unveiled and input received. Council also voted in June to create a narrower demi-bike-lane across the O’Connor Bridge and to study possibly installing lanes along Danforth Ave. The changing social climate could also be seen in a spate of new Bike Share locations across the city, including several in East York. Youths are also increasingly utilizing skateboards, roller skates, push scooters and even hoverboards on streets these days. Taken cumulatively, the decisions and social evolutions mean that...

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Public meetings in June for Woodbine bike lanes proposal

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016

The City of Toronto will hold two public meetings this month at which it will unveil the details of a proposal it is considering to install bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue.

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Slow down trains to stop house damage, resident tells forum

Posted by on May 5, 2016

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \ While Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts say they want to make better use for local transit of the rail lines running east-west across the southern part of the city, two local residents near the tracks say they already have problems with the existing rail traffic. Speaking at a “transit town hall” organized by Mr. Potts and attended by Mr. Del Duca and Metrolinx director of service planning Chris Burke, two residents of Valifor Place, adjacent to the rail line near Greenwood Ave., said their concern is that by expanding use of the lines and possibly adding more tracks it could exacerbate existing concerns about how vibrations and noise affect their homes. Del Duca had earlier told the April 18 meeting at Hope United Church that he...

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Using car wash helps environment more than doing it yourself

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016

It’s that time of year again when we start to get outside more and that includes more driving, not just to get from A to B but for pleasure too. Naturally that means we want our pride and joy vehicles to look their very best and that means keeping them clean inside and out by washing them. Many people think that they’re doing the environment a favour by adopting a do-it-yourself approach, but when it comes to how much water is used, and the way it’s disposed of, nothing could be further from the truth.  For starters, professional car washes, it turns out, use about one-third as much water (an average of 150 litres) as doing it yourself in your driveway (about 450 litres). Not only that, the water from your dirty car (laden with various trace metals and...

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