Don't Pave Our Park!

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Regarding proposed new construction of the West End Bikeway in Trinity Bellwoods, please sign our DON'T PAVE OUR PARK PETITION if you agree that parks are not appropriate locations for official transportation corridors.  They should be protected for primary use by recreational users not commuters.  We, the signatories below, oppose new construction of the West End Bikeway in Trinity Bellwoods Park as shown at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/trinity-bellwoods.htm because West End Bikeway Design Options A & B will:

1) Increase paved surfaces in the park by expanding existing asphalt paths and adding new ones. Alternatively, Friends of Trinity Bellwoods advises that new construction in the park reduce paved surfaces.  This could be achieved by replacing existing damaged paths with environmentally friendly grass pavers and/or decomposed granite.

2) Decrease park green space and recreational space. Because parks are the lungs of our city, Friends of Trinity Bellwoods advises that we preserve all park green space and recreational space unless there are no viable alternatives.  There are viable alternatives for the West End Bikeway.

3) Increase the quantity and speed of bikes and scooters in the park. Although Friends of Trinity Bellwoods supports recreational cycling in the park, we advises against routing this high volume transportation corridor for commuter cyclists and e-bikes through our predominantly pedestrian park.

4) Increase opportunities for collisions between cyclists and pedestrians.  In particular, Friends of Trinity Bellwoods opposes construction of the high volume transportation corridor adjacent to the playground and through the Farmer's Market location.

In summary, please sign this petition to ask City Councilor and mayoral candidate Joe Pantalone to work with the City of Toronto transportation department to stop the proposed upgrades to the Multi-use Pathways in our park, and to not include any routes through the park in the official Bikeway Network or Toronto cycling maps.

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The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods

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