The Region of York is currently proposing a painted bike lane along Highway 7 adjacent to the future Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Sustainable Vaughan has always maintained that a painted lane is not acceptable and that all new bike lanes on Regional roads must be segregated by either a continuous physical barrier or more preferably, a lane raised to the level of the sidewalk.
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To bring attention to our demands Sustainable Vaughan is organizing a community bike ride along Highway 7 to protest the Region’s painted bike lane proposal. Sustainable Vaughan intends to hold the cycling protest ride in mid September.
In order to hold the event Sustainable Vaughan requires a road permit from York Region. In order to acquire such a permit we will need to obtain insurance for the event.
In addition to this, we believe the community bicycle ride should be accessible to cyclists of all ages and experience. This is what we ultimately want by demanding a segregated bicycle lane. In order to ensure the safety of participants for the event, we need to hire two York Region police cyclists and one patrol car.
These requirements will push the cost of the half day event up to $3500. In order to provide a safe community cycling event open to cyclists of all ages and experience levels for a leisurely ride along Highway 7, we are required to obtain insurance and the assistance of the Regional Police. This speaks volumes about how unsafe cycling along Highway 7 currently is.
Creating a painted lane will invite cyclists onto the highway without insurance or the benefit of a police escort, however this painted lane will not be much safer
In order to make this event possible, Sustainable Vaughan is asking for small donations from concerned members of the community to help make this one day community bicycle ride possible and to show York Region that we demand safe bicycle lanes.
Please get in touch if you’re interested in lending your support, any amount is greatly appreciated.