Brick Works cable car project one step closer to re­al­ity

Imag­ine trav­el­ling from the Danforth to the Brick Works by sus­pended ca­bles over the Don River

Village Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

En­vi­sion your­self glid­ing high above the lush fo­liage of the Don Val­ley, trav­el­ling from the Danforth to Ev­er­green Brick Works — no shut­tle bus, no bikes, no traf­fic and ab­so­lutely no park­ing has­sle. When the Don Val­ley Cable Car project was orig­i­nally made pub­lic, some civic eye­brows were raised, but af­ter the project team col­lected feed­back from the com­mu­nity, the project is mov­ing on to the next stage.

In an ef­fort to bring more vis­i­tors to the com­mu­nity and cul­tural cen­tre and add their own unique mark on the Toronto skyline, Ev­er­green and cable car man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany Bull­wheel be­gan con­sult­ing to de­velop a cable car to de­liver pas­sen­gers from Cam­bridge Av­enue and Danforth Av­enue across the Don River into Ev­er­green Brick Works.

“At the time they had reached out to us, they were aware of our work,” said Steven Dale, pres­i­dent and CEO of Bull­wheel. “They men­tioned that they had a trans­porta­tion prob­lem, and we spe­cial­ize in cable cars as urban plan­ners, so we started un­pack­ing the re­search and found it was a pretty in­ter­est­ing and vi­able project.”

Af­ter a year of col­lect­ing com­mu­nity feed­back through a se­ries of ses­sions with lo­cal resi- dents, the team is start­ing to fi­nal­ize pro­pos­als.

The plan is to build a kilo­me­tre-long cable car net­work with gon­dola cab­ins that will ac­com­mo­date 10 peo­ple. The pro­jected cost of this de­vel­op­ment is $25 mil­lion.

“It’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing process that brings to­gether the pub­lic sec­tor, pri­vate sec­tor and NGO sec­tor in a way to rein­vig­o­rate pub­lic space that I think is re­ally unique in the Western world, and I think it is a re­ally pos­i­tive thing for ev­ery­one in­volved,” said Dale. Sarah Hey­nen, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Ev­er­green, also echoed these thoughts. “In­no­va­tive ideas like this that rep­re­sent al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion so­lu­tions are ideas we’d like to ex­plore,” said Hey­nen. “Clearly we’re an or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and the preser­va­tion of it, so mak­ing sure that any ad­di­tion to the site that con­tin­ues to re­in­force the authenticity of that ex­pe­ri­ence is some­thing that is within our in­ter­ests.”

Dale was quick to point out that Toronto has a his­tory of cable cars.The city built the Prince Ed­ward Viaduct with a net­work of cable cars in 1914.

Af­ter the bu­reau­cratic pro­cesses are done, the team hopes to be­gin construction be­fore 2020.

L–R: A cable car in Lon­don, Eng­land, and swanky new vin­tage-style poster art for the Don Val­ley Cable Car

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