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Safety improvements to Overlea Bridge and Thorncliffe Park bike infrastructure.

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  1. Overlea Boulevard temporary widened sidewalks/protected bike lanes.

The purpose is to safely carry people on Overlea. Overlea is the only way for students in Thorncliffe to get to Valley Park and Marc Garneau. Hundreds of students walk to school every day, and there is very little space to social distance. Many people ride on the busy sidewalks, which is a hazard to pedestrians, or ride on the road full of fast-moving vehicles and buses. We want your support to allow students to have more space to walk and bike on Overlea.

2. Safety improvements to existing Thorncliffe bike lanes.

The existing bike lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive are not safe for younger riders and older riders. Sidewalk riding is illegal for people over 14, and sidewalk riding is a safety hazard for seniors and kids walking and an inconvenience. We want to make the existing bike lanes safer with “bollards” and other forms of protection so that people can feel safer riding on the road.

3. Safety improvements to E.T. Seton Park (Valley) access road.

The purpose of this is to improve the valley access road, which is very dangerous in its current state. The road is very narrow, and people walking must deal with drivers who don’t slow down and drive carefully. Drivers present a safety hazard for vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. We need to get support to build a pedestrian walkway and road improvements to slow down dangerous drivers.

*UPDATE 2020/10/06

The staff at Toronto Parks have installed speed limit signs and flexi-posts on the E.T Seton Park access road. Drivers will now drive more safely and cautiously. And this is important as the road is one of the most dangerous. We'll be pursuing more safety improvements on this road, but we're really glad that they're here and it's a good first start.

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