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Bike lanes on Bloor up for debate again

CityNews | posted Monday, Apr 25th, 2016

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The public works committee will debate a pilot project Monday that would see bike lanes installed on Bloor Street, through the downtown core.

The proposal calls for separated bikes lanes on Bloor stretching from Shaw Street to Avenue Road. It also includes a separated bike lane and one lane of traffic in each direction.

Proposed design for the bike lane pilot project on Bloor Street in Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO.
Proposed design for the bike lane pilot project on Bloor Street in Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO.

 

The goal is to reduce the big problem of cyclists getting doored as they find themselves pinned between parked cars and traffic.

“It’s a challenge, you have to navigate, you have to watch for doors opening, for cars making switches between lanes and so on,” urban cycling consultant Yvonne Bambrick told CityNews.


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Last week, Mayor John Tory said he has some concerns over the bike lanes.

“I am not averse to a pilot project. I think that in this case, as long as pilot projects mean what the word suggests, which is that you make an honest effort to objectively find out after you’ve done it, what the impact has been on business, what the impact has been on traffic, what is has been on cyclists, pedestrians, everyone involved,” Tory said.

Proposed design for the bike lane pilot project on Bloor Street in Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO.
Proposed design for the bike lane pilot project on Bloor Street in Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO.

 

The bike lane project is part of a plan to add nearly 41 kilometres of new bike lanes to Toronto over the next 10 years.

City council will consider the motion at a meeting in May. If it passes there, the lanes could be launched by late summer.

 

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