Are you a cycling enthusiast like I am?
I'm the first to admit it took me some time to embrace cycling in the city, but with so many new bike lanes open (and a significant push by the City of Toronto to make cycling more accessible), I'm officially a convert!
Back in 2010, the Globe and Mail shared the City's commitment to complete West Toronto Railpath extension and touted that "if plans to extend the two-kilometre-long West Toronto Railpath to its full six kilometres come to fruition, it could become a veritable bike commuter's superhighway running all the way from the Junction neighbourhood directly into the downtown core."
I love this idea, especially because the path runs through a lot of former industrial landscapes which I have a particular fascination with!
The path makes its mark in a diagonal - running from just north of the Dupont and Dundas intersection in The Junction - and is situated beside the rail tracks that roughly parallel the Dundas Street West. There's plans for expansion - which would make it a commuter cyclist's dream. Here's the city's May 2016 current iteration on where the Railpath stands.
It all started with the Friends of West Toronto Railpath who have their own website which says:
"The Friends of the West Toronto Railpath is a community-based working group with the goal of assisting the City of Toronto design, finance and build a 6.5 kilometre linear park from Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood into the heart of the city.
Phase One of the project was officially opened in October 2009. This includes landscaping and a hard-surface path from Cariboo Ave to Dundas Street West.
Phase Two will extend the Railpath south and east towards downtown Toronto. Once completed, the Railpath will give more than 250,000 Toronto residents a sustainable transportation link with the downtown core.
Here's an imagining of one completed leg of the path:
The Railpath community group was initiated by a committee of West Toronto residents, cyclists, politicians, activists and environmentalists with the goal of assisting the City in the creation and stewardship of this multipurpose linear park. The Railpath idea had been discussed at resident’s association meetings in Toronto’s West End for years. In 2001, a group of members of the Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA), got together, formed a partnership with the Community Bicycle Network and Evergreen, and began working actively towards making the project a reality."
For residents in The Junction who commute downtown daily, this would be an amazing way to integrate fresh air and exercise into one's life.
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If cycling is a way of life for you, or you're just beginning to embrace it in the city like I am, here's my recent post called On Cycling In The City: Then And Now.
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