Facebook opinions are definitely not reflective of reality, but this reflects *a lot* of the “I’m From East York, Toronto” group members. The cycle tracks on Danforth and Woodbine aren’t very popular on that group lol. Also, when exactly were the Cosburn bike lanes added?There's a strain of small-c conservatism in East York that is quite anti-bike, especially once you get into the bungalow and tear-down-for-new-build land north of Mortimer. After all, this is the borough that elected Case Ootes as a councillor until 2010, where he was the lone Mike Harris-era conservative sitting on the TO-East York Community Council.
I recall the Cosburn bike lane debate in the mid-00s with Janet Davis remarking that her hair turned grey soon after. The more recent Woodbine bike lane debate was also quite intense, although it appeared more contentious south of the Danforth.
Yeah, agree, there are decent pockets. Lumsden in between Chisholm and Woodbine really has this. To my surprise, that strip on Dawes south of Gower also has decent tree canopy (fairly recent addition). The area sandwiched between Woodbine, O’Connor, Mortimer, and Donlands is the “meh” part regarding tree canopy. As mentioned in my comment above, same with the walkable strips on Pape, O’Connor/St. Clair, Donlands, and Coxwell. Though as Northern Light said above, there are plans for trees north of St. Clair on O’Connor.The tree canopy in the south end of East York is quite good, roughly south of Mortimer and Lumsden to the old boundary along Aldwych/Milverton/Springdale.
Also, unlike many of the streets in Riverdale or Leslieville, these hoods mostly lack laneways, so the backyards tend to be quite large with trees.