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

Ball games on residential streets got the thumbs up from Council in July. -FILE PHOTO

Ball games on residential streets got the thumbs up from Council in July. -FILE PHOTO

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.

City official Jacquelyn Hayward reviews bike lane proposal with Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and attendee at June 22 meeting. -GARY W-P

City official Jacquelyn Hayward reviews bike lane proposal with Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and attendee at June 22 meeting. -GARY W-P

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.

New Bike Share station on Lamb at Danforth -GARY W-P

New Bike Share station on Lamb at Danforth –GARY W-P

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 more people than ever on two wheels will be using local roads.

Use of hoverboards on streets is the latest thing drivers must watch out for. -GARY W-P

Use of hoverboards on streets is the latest thing drivers must watch out for. -GARY W-P

Another decision in July has also changed the city’s policy about allowing children to play ball games on residential streets, meaning drivers can expect to encounter even more activity in the roadway as they round corners and will need to start being more cautious when doing so.

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