Friends of Trinity Bellwoods would like to thank all the people who signed our Don't Pave Our Park Petition at  We want to give you an update on the current status of the West End Bikeway Proposal.  In summary, upgrades of the route through the park are currently scheduled to begin next spring.  We're pleased to report that there have been some concessions made in response to the petition.  

After negotiations done over several public meetings (February 2010, June 2011, October 2011) and a stakeholder meeting (April 2011) attended by FoTBP reps Anna Hill, Carolyn Wong and Michaelle McLean along with area representatives of the Bike Union Herb van den Dool and Michael, David Nosella, Supervisor of Capital Projects, Landscape and Environment, Parks, Forestry & Rec, Daniel Egan, Manager, Cycling Infrastructure and Programs, Transportation Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Acting Supervisor, Area Landscape & Planning Initiatives, Parks Forestry & Rec, Planning, Design & Development, and Councillor Mike Layton, the route has been redesigned as follows:

1) Instead of new paths in the park (as originally proposed), the West End Bikeway will use existing paths and widen them only as necessary.   

2) The West End Bikeway will not annex any green space (as originally proposed).

3) Signage (see below) and surfacing will be designed in an effort to slow down bike traffic (our proposal for decomposed granite paths was denied on the basis of maintenance costs).  At the Friends’ request, “Yield to Pedestrians” signage was added to emphasize pedestrians’ right to safe passage*.

4) The wrought iron fence on the south end of the playground will be extended along the length of the wading pool in order to discourage kids from playing on the diagonal path.

5) Friend’s position that it is inappropriate for the heavily used Trinity Bellwoods Park to be officially designated as a transportation corridor did not find support with the other stakeholders. (As noted above, our proposal to move the path to the south end of the park near the greenhouse was denied on the basis that cyclists will only follow a direct route through the park.)  However, the officially designated route appears to have been limited to the north-south paths (numbered as 29A) while the east-west paths will remain as “other park trails” on the cycling maps. Friends strongly supports the need for safe cycle commuting in Toronto but we continue to believe that encouraging commuter traffic through the increasingly well-used Trinity Bellwoods Park is not a good long-term solution.

In the end the West End Bikeway will result in some of the aging paths being renewed, there will be no loss of greenspace or significant new asphalt, and there will be speedbumps and signage cautioning cyclists to slow down for pedestrians.

FoTBP is pleased to have been part of these discussions and wants to thank everyone for participating in the process.  In the words of Jane Jacobs, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane JacobsThe Death and Life of Great American Cities


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Councillor Layton has invited feedback on both the type and content of proposed signage and its placement. 

If you’ve comments on the signage – or any feedback about the Bikeway, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or his Constituency Rep This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Bike Union.

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