Toronto Waters Down Car-Free Plans

Plan to close two downtown streets for 12 hours gets scaled back to one street from 10am to 3pm so as to not inconvience rush-hour drivers.

Published: 07-Jan-2005

A committee of Toronto city councillors has downshifted plans to mark international car-free day in Toronto next September, approving a watered-down scheme that will not even disrupt rush hour, disappointing some environmental activists.

The new plan, approved by the works committee yesterday, falls far short of an original $500,000 car-free-day proposal to close two downtown streets to cars for 12 hours on Sept. 22, a Thursday, gumming up both rush hours.

Instead, the new $110,000 proposal calls for the closing of only Queen Street West, from Yonge Street to Spadina Avenue, and only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid inconveniencing rush-hour drivers. It still has to be approved by city council as a whole.

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