Anyone who has gone for a stroll down Yonge Street between Davisville and Bloor recently has seen how the Midtown Yonge Complete Street Pilot has transformed Yonge Street, with people out walking and biking, dining in streetside cafes, pop-up events orchestrated by the local Business Improvement Areas, and improved safety for everyone. The Leaside Residents Association has supported this project since its inception in 2021 because it strives to balance the needs of all road users and protect the most vulnerable, while supporting Toronto’s climate goals by encouraging low carbon modes of travel such as walking, biking, and taking transit.
Yonge4All is a grassroots group of residents who want to see the Midtown Yonge Complete Street Pilot made permanent. They point out that the project has resulted in a more vibrant Yonge Street that supports local businesses, enhances the street with art and planters, offers 24-7 parking, integrated bus stops, dedicated loading zones and accessible drop offs and recognizes that Yonge Street is not just a thoroughfare – it’s a destination! And they remind us that Yonge should be a street that is welcoming and safe for everyone whether they walk, take transit, drive a car, ride a bike, or use any other mobility device.
If Toronto is going to meet its climate targets, we need more of these types of projects and can’t have the ones that are succeeding, like the Midtown Yonge Complete Street, removed.If you’d like to see the Midtown Yonge Complete Street pilot made permanent, please take a minute to sign the Yonge4All petition.