Bike Lane Pilot Project Update

Posted in City Wide, Updates, Ward 5

 

 

This item is on the Agenda of Public Works and Infrastructure October 18th, 2017. The Staff Report recommends retaining the Bike Lanes on a permanent basis.

[Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Agenda]

[Data Report]

 

In total there were 371 more cyclists per day for all three streets: Bloor, Harbord and Dupont [See report]

Traffic did divert both to Dupont ( + 1,467 per day ) and Harbord ( + 584 per day ). Vehicle count was down on Bloor as a result of this diversion by -3,888 per day.

 

This will be debated at City Council November 7, 2017. 

 

Big thank you to everyone who contacted our office with their position on this issue!

Given that the downtown context is somewhat different from Etobicoke – will Etobicoke residents supports removing a lane of traffic each way on Bloor Street W?  Please do let us know.

Photo: https://news.northeastern.edu/2012/06/safe-city-biking-it-can-happen/

Toronto Pearson Noise Management Best Practices 2017 Report

Posted in Updates, Ward 5

 

 

Toronto Pearson serves Canada’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan area. As part of our commitment to manage the impact of our growing operations, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is reviewing a range of ambitious actions to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise on residents.

Communities across the GTA have told us they want an action plan to reduce noise, and we’re developing a new plan based on community inputs and technical reports. We’ve looked at other global airports around the world for best practices in noise management and are preparing to announce an updated Noise Management Action Plan in late 2017.  

[NOISE MANAGEMENT REPORT 2017]

NEW – Grant Opportunity for Childcare in Ward 5

Posted in Updates, Ward 5

 

 

Ward 5 is a medium-high priority for Children’s Services’ capital strategy. There is a new grant opportunity available to operators outside of schools to support the increase of infant and toddler spaces minor projects up to $500,000 and new builds or additions over $500,000. The deadline for operators to apply in Nov 30, 2017.

 
Grant applications and detailed information can be found here

As seen in our October eNews

Loud Airplane Noises – GTAA & NAV Canada

Posted in Updates, Ward 5

 

Lately some residents have been affected by loud airplane noises despite the fact that the runway construction has been completed.
NAV Canada reports no procedural changes have taken place, however, Runways 23 and 24 Left and 24 Right have been used during periods of time due to westerly winds.   This is how runways are assigned by NAV Canada:  

 

Runway Operations at Toronto Pearson
Runways are assigned based on the following factors: wind direction and wind speed, runway conditions/availability, fleet type, operational efficiency and time of day. As the prevailing winds are from the west, the most common runway configuration at Toronto Pearson supports a westerly flow, which means arrivals from the east and departures to the west using Runways 23, 24 Left (L), 24 Right (R). The second most common configuration supports an easterly flow – arrivals from the west and departures to the east using Runways 05, 06L and 06R.
When wind speed reaches a point where it is no longer safe for aircraft to land and depart in one of these directions, the runways are re-assigned to allow aircraft to land and depart into the wind. It is important to note that runway conditions are also a factor. Friction is reduced in wet or snow covered runway conditions and so a lower wind speed level will prompt an ‘into the wind’ runway assignment than when operating in dry runway conditions.

 

Preferential Runway System
The Preferential Runway System is one of the ways NAV Canada manages aircraft noise at night. Runways are assigned differently between 12:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to mitigate the impact of night operations on the community. Specific runways have been deemed “preferred” as their use has been determined to have the least noise impact on neighbouring communities. These runways are used whenever possible; however other runways may be used when the weather conditions or other factors do not support a preferred runway.  

Preferred departures runways in order of priority: 1) Runway 23 2) Runway 33R and 3) Runway 24R.
Preferred arrival runways in order of priority: 1) Runway 05 2) Runway 15L and 3) Runway 06L  

 

Noise Mitigation Studies
There are currently noise mitigation studies underway, looking at many potential mitigation measures to reduce noise exposure for residents impacted by aircraft noise.
Visit the NAV Canada and GTAA websites for more information.

As seen in our October eNews