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Blue Jays President wants road closures for cyclists scrapped

Blue Jays President wants road closures for cyclists scrapped

Toronto Blue Jay’s big boss, Mark Shapiro has weighed into the ongoing debate about the future of ActiveTO road closures for cars, and it ain’t…

Friday, Jun 10

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Toronto Blue Jay’s big boss, Mark Shapiro has weighed into the ongoing debate about the future of ActiveTO road closures for cars, and it ain’t good. Shapiro wrote a letter to Toronto city council leading up to their session on June 15. Council is meeting to discuss the road closures which have been taking place since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Several sections of roadways in Ontario’s capital were closed to vehicles in the summer months to allow cyclists, pedestrians and runners a safe place to get fresh air. One of them, the most popular section, on Lakeshore West, is a concern to the Jays boss as he believes it affects traffic en route to the Rogers Centre.

“I understand that my comments and the personal information in this letter will form part of the public record and that my name will be listed as a correspondent on agendas and minutes of City Council or its committees,” he wrote in an open letter. “I am writing to request that you do not vote in favour of extending ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard West. The Toronto Blue Jays are a major sports franchise that draw millions of fans to Rogers Centre every season. Given the unprecedented levels of construction and other diversions in downtown Toronto, removing one of the only ways into and out of the downtown core would be extremely challenging to our fans, who rely on these routes to attend our games.”

Baseball is all the rage in Canada these days. […]

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