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Toronto plans for car-free streets in many neighborhoods

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A plan dubbed ActiveTO is being developed in Toronto to help residents resume regular routines on Wednesday, pledging to close some roads and improve cycling infrastructure in a bid to let people circulate while observing physical distancing measures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.
At a news conference, Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “We will need more road space for walking, we will need calm streets, we will need more bike infrastructure.”
Tory said the city plans to soon close 50 kilometres of roads to all but local traffic besides accelerating plans to connect its bicycle network, including installing new infrastructure near public transit routes.
The mayor’s announcement came hours after Ontario Premier Doug Ford loosened restrictions for some businesses shuttered during the peak of the pandemic. Garden centres, nurseries and hardware stores will be allowed to resume full operations by the end of the week, and other non-essential retailers have been cleared to start offering curbside pickup effective Monday.
Toronto’s tentative plan was endorsed by the city’s top public health official.

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