Bikes on Dundas

London Cycle Link has been campaigning for safe and convenient cycling infrastructure on Dundas Street between Old East and Downtown for almost 3 years because it's one of the best opportunities to encourage more people to ride. The City of London is currently studying this cycling connection in conjunction with creating specific land use policies for Old East, and presented theirpreferred solution at a public meeting on November 1.  See this map for part of the plan. 

Let's start with the good news: the City is proposing cycle tracks (protected bike lanes) for the entire corridor and removing a lane of on-street parking in OEV to widen sidewalks and allow for patios and landscaping. This would make the village a very nice place to be, except the current plan doesn't allow for convenient cycling in both directions. Most of the bike lanes occur on Dundas Street which is our preferred solution - put the bike lanes where people want to go - but in the narrow area of OEV they have split eastbound cyclists on Dundas and westbound cyclists on Queens. 

The bad news: placing one direction on Dundas and the other on Queens is not intuitive nor direct and it wouldn't stop people on bikes from continuing to ride westbound on Dundas - without any safe infrastructure. We have proposed a compromise that allows for increased sidewalk width and landscaping, but doesn't come at the expense of safe and convenient cycling. See here.

Next steps: We've met with the City and asked them to review our proposal and see if it's feasible. We'll continue to advocate for convenient bike lanes in both directions on Dundas and attempt to make this plan the best it can be for people on bikes, business owners, and patrons.  We welcome your feedback and support.

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London Cycle Link hires Executive Director

We here at London Cycle Link are delighted to announce that we have hired Daniel Hall as our new Executive Director.  Dan has been working with London Cycle Link and Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op as a dedicated volunteer for a long time and will be a familiar face to many of you.  A few words from our new E.D.:

A little bit about me: I am a proud Londoner, a father of two, husband of one, and I ride in comfort on an upright 3-speed. I am honoured to be hired on as London Cycle Link's Executive Director and am excited to work together to help more Londoners choose to ride a bike. I will work hard to link the cycling community so we can amplify our voice and be heard - advocating for Bikes on Dundas, an increased budget for bike infrastructure, and a better TVP will be top priorities. Our city has much to gain from more people choosing to ride; expanding the programs and community outreach of the Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op will help move London's cycling culture forward. I welcome your ideas, support, encouragement, criticism, and passing hello's (spontaneous meetups while riding are one of my favourite things!) and look forward to what we can accomplish together.

~Daniel Hall

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