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Friendly Streets in Toronto

April 29, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

The Bike/Walk Committee of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization - Bob Bratt, Bill Kulstad, Bob Merideth and myself - would like to thank the following for their assistance in the development of Friendly Streets: the Toronto City Council for their foresight and endorsement of the project by the placement of "Share the Road" signs, which will alert motorist to the presence of both cyclist and walkers; Mayor John Geddis for providing advice and leadership on behalf of the city government and for overseeing the project; John Parker, safety director, who researched the revised traffic codes at both the local and state levels to assure council members that the safety needs of the bikers and walkers would be met; Tom Thomas, council president, for providing insight and suggestions in the planning of the project; Fred Burns, Toronto City School superintendent, for the backing of the city schools to the Friendly Streets for students; and members of the Jefferson County Trails and Greenways Committee for its guidance and encouragement in the Toronto byways and future development of other trails throughout Jefferson County.

The north and south parts of Toronto will be connected by way of the scenic and historic River Avenue. The new Toronto City School campus (Karaffa Elementary) will be connected to River Avenue by a series of streets as they meander through a residential part of the city, passing the Toronto Memorial Pool and picnic area and the Toronto Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. The routes will span more than 3 miles and will allow the walkers and bikers to branch off to adjoining streets to explore and discover Toronto. Painted red Ts along the route will indicate distance intervals of one-tenth of a mile for those in rehab or wellness programs to mark their distances. Parking at the start of the project will be at Sloane Station Square at the corner of Market and Fourth streets.

It is hoped that "Friendly Streets" will be completed in the next few months, however this will depend on other projects and priorities that might arise within the city.

Citizens of Toronto and the Upper Ohio Valley are encouraged to walk or bike the Friendly Streets to experience Toronto and to discover why Toronto is called the Gem City.

Persons interested in helping can attend a meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Karaffa Middle School.

George Komar


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