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MRA Letter to Councillor Grimes re: Improving Mixed-Use Path signage

Sent: April 2, 2014

Re: Improving Mixed-Use signage on Mimico’s Waterfront Trail

Dear Councillor Grimes,

The Mimico Residents Association (MRA) would like to thank you, Waterfront Toronto and the TRCA for the improvements to Mimico’s Waterfront Trail over the past few years. We look forward  to the future improvements being planned for Amos Waites Park.

The MRA has observed and had feedback from several residents about unsafe conditions on the Waterfront Trail. The trail is now linked to the commuter bike corridor to downtown and is very active in afternoons and weekends in the spring and continually during summer with local residents and visitors. As a result the shared trail can be dangerous, with high speed cyclists and inline skaters coming into contact with pedestrians, children and dogs.

We believe that, long term, a separate path or marked division should be created for pedestrians all along this route.

In the short term, until the path can be expanded/improved, we suggest that clear, obvious signage be implemented to clarify to all using the path that it is MIXED USE – that cyclists should slow down and use their bells when approaching, and pedestrians should be mindful and alert. When there are sections that split, there should be clearer signage indicating which side is intended for which purpose.

We would be happy to discuss further the wording, imagery and placement of signage to improve the situation.

The Mimico Residents Association remains committed to promoting the quality of residential and economic life in and around the Mimico area.

Sincerely,

John Cary, President
Mimico Residents Association

cc: Mike Bender, Senior Manager Conservation Land, TRCA – mbender@trca.on.ca
cc: Jane McGrath, Project Manager, Waterfront Toronto –  jmcgrath@waterfrontoronto.ca
cc: Waterfront Trail – Waterfront Regeneration Trust – info@wrtrust.com

Comments

    • What is being done? My dog was almost killed by a high speed cyclist last week. Another lady had her arm broken. I’d love set up radar to determine how fast the cyclists are going. My guess is between 40 and 50 KM per hour. It’s an unsafe speed on a shared path.
      Something needs to be done before a child is seriously hurt or killed.

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