Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

Rocco Rossi Campaign for Mayor

September 27, 2010 09:20 ET

Rossi Proposes Separate and Safe Bike Network

Mayoral candidate will build separated, safe, and direct bike lane network

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - Rocco Rossi today announced his plan to build a fully-integrated bike lane network separated from traffic encompassing the downtown core.

"In Toronto we've made some progress in laying down bike lanes, but we've fallen far behind other cities in introducing separated bike lanes that are part of a continuous network," said Rossi.

Rossi's separated and safe bike lane network would consist of four new major lanes separated from traffic by a curb.

One east-west lane would run from Parliament Street to Bathurst Street along Richmond Street. Another east-west lane would see the existing Wellesley-Harbord lane completed and separated from traffic between Parliament Street and Ossington Avenue.

The existing Sherbourne Street bike lane would be separated from traffic between Elm Avenue and Queens Quay. A second north-south lane would see the existing St. George/Beverley lane extended to Queens Quay and separated from traffic.

With his plan, Rossi said, "You will be able to bike from the Annex to the Harbourfront on a single safe, direct bike lane."

Rossi said that his proposed network was consistent with his commitment to keeping bike lanes off of unsafe major arterial roads.

"With my separated and safe downtown bike network, lanes on Jarvis will still come up, but cyclists will enjoy a safe and separated alternative one block east on Sherbourne," said Rossi.

Rossi noted that his pragmatic plan to move Toronto forward contrasted with Councillor Rob Ford's campaign.

"Some in this race, like Councillor Rob Ford, think that a mantra amounts to a plan," said Rossi following the announcement. "I believe that we need a pragmatic plan to solve the problems facing Torontonians, not a few slogans."

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