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Advocates call for city-wide bike grid after 3 cyclists killed in 2 weeks

After three cyclist deaths on Toronto streets in the past two weeks, the latest a fatal hit-and-run in Yorkville on Saturday, advocates are calling for a city-wide grid of protected bike lanes.

“We’ve got to do more to connect the grid,” said Jared Kolb of Cycle Toronto. “We need to do more for on-street safety.”

Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, says the wheels are in motion to make it happen, but it will take time, and money.

“We are rolling out this whole plan for a bike network that follows a grid system,” she told CityNews.

The committee is meeting this week to discuss a staff report recommending extending a bike lane pilot project on Adelaide and Richmond streets from University Avenue, where they currently end, further east to Parliament Street.

In the year that Adelaide and Richmond have had bike lanes the number of cyclists using the roads has tripled, with a minimal impact on motorists, the staff report on the pilot project found.

The city currently spends $8 million a year on bike lanes, a price that would likely jump if a city-wide grid was implemented. It would also take several years to complete.

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