Bloor Loves Bikes!

We got bike lanes on Bloor. Now let's extend them westward to High Park! 

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What's going on with bike lanes on Bloor?

The City is hosting public drop-ins on two dates at the end of January to find out what you think of the Bloor West Bikeway Extension. We need to make sure there is continued support for the bike lanes all the way to Runnymede and that intersections are designed with safety in mind. 

Both events will feature detailed display boards with information about the City's proposed design. The City will be looking for feedback to make this the best bike lane possible, so please join whichever date is most convenient for you.

Public Drop-in #1

Date: Monday, January 27th
When: 4-8PM
Where: St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Ave

Public Drop-in #2

Date: Thursday, January 30th
When: 4-8PM
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St W

Fall 2019
Stakeholder consultation

Winter 2020
Resident consultation
Summer 2020
Extension built

The City has approved a 6km bikeway on Bloor St. from Avenue Rd. to High Park Ave. 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?

It's well-used

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!

It's safer

Bike lanes are safe for all road users; not just people riding bikes. After the Bloor bike lanes went in:

  • Car-car conflicts dropped 71%
  • Car-bike conflicts dropped 61%
  • Car-pedestrian conflicts dropped 55%

It's connected

There are many schools, parks, shops, and festivals to bike to

It's popular with residents

Over 80% of residents support protected bike lanes (Ekos, 2018)

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

 

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!


History

Background: it takes a village to build a bike lane