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NOTICE OF MOTION: Parking for Mopeds and Scooters

Councillor Josh Matlow

Ward 22, St. Paul's

City Hall, 100 Queen Street West        Tel:   416-392-7906

2nd Floor, Suite A17                            Fax:  416-392-0124

Toronto, Ontario   M5H 2N2                This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.joshmatlow.ca

 

Chair & Members

Public Works & Infrastructure Committee

10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall

100 Queen St. West

Toronto ON M5H 2N2

 

May 27, 2013

 

Re: Parking for mopeds and scooters

 

In recent years, the popularity of motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds) and limited-speed motorcycles (scooters) has greatly increased and they are now a common sight on many streets. The City of Toronto should be encouraging the use of mopeds and scooters because, in a city challenged by gridlock, take up less road and parking space and they use less fossil fuel.

 

However, our current rules and regulations for parking mopeds and scooters predate their reclassification by the Province of Ontario as types of motor vehicle and this has created some negative impacts. Unlike bicycles, they must be parked on the street where they are vulnerable to theft or damage and occupy valuable paid-parking spaces that fund important services like parks, libraries, and road maintenance. Riders who park on the sidewalk and block pedestrians or use City bicycle locks are currently fined by City of Toronto parking enforcement officers.

 

It is time to use common sense to bring our regulations into the twenty-first century and reap the rewards of increased moped and scooter ridership without reducing road safety or pedestrian comfort.

 

Recommendation:

1. City Council request the City Manager to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on


a. strategies to accommodate parking for limited-speed motorcycles and motor-assisted bicycles without compromising the sidewalk pedestrian clearway, driver sightlines, or public safety, including but not limited to:


i. increasing the supply of boulevard parking that is restricted to use by motorcycles, limited-speed motorcycles, and motor-assisted bicycles; and


ii. providing additional incentives to dedicate spaces in new developments to visitor spaces for motorcycles, limited-speed motorcycles, and motor-assisted bicycles


b. any changes to provincial legislation that would assist the City of Toronto in better sharing the public right-of-way between all users.

Sincerely,

 

Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 22 – St. Paul's

 

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Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet

Dear Residents,

 

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the potential conversion of the Scarborough SRT to a subway. The facts – based on land use planning, ridership projections and a cost/benefit analysis, not votes – suggest replacing the aging Scarborough SRT with an LRT, just as was agreed upon last year when Council reached an agreement. For additional background on this current transit discussion, please read my newsletter from May 1.

 

This is a fact sheet I distributed to my colleagues and the media last night:

Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet  SRT Stats  •	The new LRT will be in a completely grade-separated right-of-way. No traffic lights. No cross streets. Widely spaced stations. •	At an average of 36km per hour It will run faster than the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines which average 32km per hour •	The line will have a capacity to carry 16,000 passengers per hour.  •	It is anticipated that by 2031 the LRT would carry 8,000 passengers per hour leaving it enough capacity to serve the area for many decades to come- the extra capacity offered by a subway won't come close to being needed •	The LRT would be over two kilometres longer than the subway, have four more stations and is within walking distance to over 20,000 more people- with the possibility to extend the line into Malvern  Cost Concerns  •	The $500 million cost cited to convert the SRT to a subway is false •	As TTC CEO Andy Byford confirmed today, the cost of the SRT is $1.8 billion •	The cost of the subway is estimated to cost $2.8 billion •	There is already a $1 billion difference before factoring: o	Contract cancellations with Bombardier o	Construction of new terminus for Eglinton Crosstown at Kennedy that was to be part of the Scarborough RT will could be at least $200 million o	 Sunk engineering costs o	 New design work o	 Cost efficiencies from using the same technology as on Sheppard and Eglinton o	Significant changes to maintenance and storage facility on Conlins Rd. which has almost finished RFP process o	Possible new Environmental Assessment

Click here to download this fact sheet as a PDF.

   

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The City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy Released

 

Dear residents,

 

I am very pleased to share the proposed Toronto Seniors Strategy with you. As chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto.

 

Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

 

You can also view the Executive Summary of the strategy, covering all of the highlights, by clicking here.

 

The Seniors Strategy will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee which will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30am at City Hall, Committee Room 1. Please click here to view the agenda item. Through that link, you will also find buttons at the very top of the page to submit comments on the public record or to request to speak in front of the committee on April 17 by making a deputation.

 

I encourage you to share your feedback and insights!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

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Greening Your Condo or Apartment

 

On March 26, 2013, I co-hosted an event with the Green Team of First Unitarian Congregation on how to make your apartment or condo greener and more energy efficient, including strategies and resources that are available to you.

 

Please click on the image above to download a slide deck from the event, presented by Aderonke Akande from the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal Office.

   

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