We got bike lanes on Bloor. Now let's extend them westward to Runnymede!
What's going on with bike lanes on Bloor?
There were two public meetings at the end of January to share designs for the Bloor West Bikeway Extension, which are planned for installation later this summer. Read more on our take after the first drop-in.
The City has approved a 7 km bikeway on Bloor St. from Avenue Rd. to Runnymede Rd. Now it's time to get it built!
The bike lanes will be extended from Shaw St, where they currently end, to at least High Park (and possibly to Runnymede). The construction will use temporary materials, such as flexible bollards, paint, planters, and precast concrete curbs, in order to ensure the design is adaptable.
We need your support to make sure these bike lanes are built by next summer in a way that makes Bloor Street work for everyone.
Why extend bike lanes on Bloor to High Park?
There are about 3,000 daily bike trips along the western portion of Bloor, even though there’s no bike lane. We know that number will grow once a bike lane is built. Along Bloor where there is already is a bike lane, there are 1M bike trips per year - that’s 1M trips not in a car or on our crowded subway!
Bike lanes are safe for all road users; not just people riding bikes. After the Bloor bike lanes went in:
There are many schools, parks, shops, and festivals to bike to
It's popular with residents
Nearly 85% of residents support building protected bike lanes (Ekos, 2020)
It's popular with BIAs
Toronto BIAs support their protected bike lanes. Bloor, Richmond, and Adelaide have all been very successful, so the Financial District, Entertainment, St. Lawrence, Bloor Annex, and Mirvish Village BIAs have all come out in support of their bike lanes.
It improves connectivity
Most patrons don’t drive. A Toronto study found more than 90% of patrons arrived to the Annex by walking, cycling, or taking transit.
It's good for business
Cyclists spend more money. A study in Portland found that customers who biked spent 24% more per month than those who drove.
Protected bike lanes increase retail sales. In New York City, streets with protected bike lanes positively impacted businesses. For example, on 9th Ave, sales at local businesses were up 49% while the rest of Manhattan was only up 3%.
Hear why these Bloordale business owners and residents support the extension
Who supports the bike lanes?
Business owners, residents, residents' associations, and business improvement areas (BIAs) have all come out in support of extending the Bloor St bike lanes. Check our interactive map to see who supports bike lanes on Bloor:
The Bloor St Bike Lanes are also supported by these organizations:
- Doulas on Bikes
- Morning Glory Cycling Club
- The Reading Line
- Velo Vegan
Want to add your name to the list? Email Tamara to add your voice!
How can you help?
- Sign the Bloor Loves Bikes pledge to show your support and receive project updates
- Sign up for Action Alerts - we'll send you an email when we need your help
- Join Cycle Toronto. Our voice at City Hall is even stronger with more members. Plus, get access to great discounts and benefits
- Donate to our Bloor Loves Bikes campaign
- Share the pledge with your family, friends, neighbours, businesses - everybody you can think of!