In July the city installed four Bike Share Toronto stations in the neighbourhood as part of its commitment to improve cycling infrastructure. We had heard only positive things about this development until recently, when two residents wrote to us and Councillor McConnell that they thought the station at Riverdale Park West (north end of Riverdale Park West on Winchester Street) was “incongruous” with the park, the farm house and the Necropolis, that the park “should not be dumping grounds for the latest trend from City Hall” and that the station should be moved (suggested locations were across the street to the Necropolis side of Winchester Street, closer to the eastern end of Winchester or to Sumach Street – or somewhere else).
Due to these complaints the city may review the location of this Bike Share station early in 2017. However, first we would like to get input from you and other residents. So please take our Quick Poll and the results will be shared with you, Councillor McConnell, Parks Forestry and Recreation and Bike Share Toronto. You can also leave comments below if you have suggestions or other thoughts on the matter – please keep it respectful.
**Dec. 1, 2016 4:30 p.m.**
We have closed the poll now as the numbers are getting quite large, we think we have an idea of the general view of respondents (of the 739 respondents, over 97% are in favour of a Bike Share station in the park) and it is likely that we are now getting additional responses from outside of the local community who are also interested in the topic. We will review the results and get back to you. Thank you for participating. If you have a different view or comment to make, we will leave the comments open.
When the Cabbagetown Residents Association Board of Directors were first contacted about this topic in November, none of the 11 board directors supported moving the station. We reject the idea that bicycles or the bicycle rack/station are incompatible with the current location and the heritage buildings nearby. Many of us believe that bicycles and Bike Share access are a welcome and “welcoming” contribution to the park and are an enhancement to the neighbourhood. The automated “Donation Station” at the west entrance to the farm, plastic recycling/garbage bins, modern picnic benches, electric street lighting and modern signage are all modern elements that contribute positively to the park and do not negatively impact the view of the wonderful heritage buildings – we believe that the Bike Share station is similarly suitable. We think that a prominently sited Bike Share station is not only tolerated, but is *celebrated* by most residents.
If you haven’t been by the park for a while, a few photos are posted here showing the rack and some modern elements within the park. Feel free to leave comments below.