Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

RNAO comments on the Yonge TOmorrow Proposal

RNAO comments on the Yonge TOmorrow Proposal

Submission to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on Item IE19.11

Jan. 11, 2021

RNAO and its 46,000 members welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on the yonge Tomorrow Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, for the stretch of Yonge Street between Queens Street and College/Carlton Streets. The need for watermain replacement in that stretch provides an opportunity and an urgency to get the street configuration right – to realize a vision for complete streets that meets everyone’s needs. The proposal recommended by the General Manager of Transportation Services includes provisions for expanded pedestrian space and bike lanes, which will make that stretch safer, cleaner and more livable. It will be important to ensure connectivity of bike lanes north and south of the proposed stretch of Yonge Street, but the proposal is an important first step. As health professionals we find the health benefits of strongly supporting active transportation (walking and biking) to be very compelling.

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