An effect of COVID-19 is lower public transit usage worldwide. If all – or even many – of these trips are instead taken by car, Toronto would be gridlocked.

To try to avoid this, the City is expanding the cycle network to help people get around more safely, as part of the Active TO program. But as local advocacy group Cycle Toronto points out, not a single bike lane has been built in midtown Toronto.

The LRA has sent letters of support for bike lanes on Yonge St and Overlea Blvd, both of which would benefit Leasiders by providing safer routes around the city.

Also relevant is an initiative of the Women’s Cycling Network for donations of bikes for women in Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and nearby communities. If you have a bike to donate, please check out their program (with donation form).

Interested in local cycling issues? Contact Cycle Toronto’s Don Valley Midtown chapter.