(A map of 2024 first quarter CNP projects discussed at the January 9th IEC meeting. Image: City of Toronto)
Several proposed cycling infrastructure projects were discussed at January 9th’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) meeting:
1. Champagne Drive from Chesswood Drive to Finch Avenue West, uni-directional cycle tracks / Alness Street from Finch Avenue West to Finch Hydro Corridor, uni-directional cycle tracks
2. University Avenue from 150 metres south of King Street to 150 metre south of Wellington Street, uni-directional cycle tracks
3. Richmond Street from Strachan Avenue to Niagara Street, contra-flow bike lane
4. Dundas Street East from Broadview Avenue to West Avenue, uni-directional cycle tracks / Dundas Street East from Logan Avenue to Pape Avenue, uni-directional cycle tracks
5. Hoskin Avenue from Queens Park Crescent West to St George Street, uni-directional cycle tracks / Harbord Street from St George Street to Ossington Avenue, uni-directional cycle tracks
These projects are not major changes to the city’s cycling network, but they create some key connections and connect to destinations that will allow more people to rely on a bike to get to work and school.
The projects all carried and will be discussed at City Council in early February 2024. If they pass through City Council, we will see them installed in 2024.
Read on for a quick tour of the proposed projects.
Our first stop is Alness St. and Champagne Dr. near York University. A new protected cycle track would be built to connect the Finch Hydro Corridor to the north to the new Chesswood Dr cycle tracks to the south.
(A map of the proposed Champagne and Alness cycle tracks. Image: City of Toronto)
Well trodden desire lines on the west side of Alness highlight the need for new sidewalks and cycling facilities.
(Desire lines on the west side of Alness. Image: Google Streetview)
Our next stop is downtown, where the University Ave. cycle tracks would be extended 150 metres southward to connect to the Wellington bike lanes. The University lanes currently end mid-block between King and Wellington.
(University Ave., south of Wellington St. Image: Google Streetview)
Next on the tour is a small segment of Richmond Street just south of Trinity Bellwoods. A contraflow lane would be installed to extend the current contraflow lane a few blocks westward from Niagara to Strachan.
(Richmond St., west of Niagara St. Image: Google Streetview)
Finally, several segments of existing bike lanes would undergo upgrades to become protected cycle tracks. One segment is on Dundas East, between Broadview and West Ave.
(Dundas St. East, east of Broadview Ave. Image: Google Streetview)
Another Dundas East segment - between Logan and Pape - would receive the same treatment.
(Dundas St. East, east of Pape. Image: Google Streetview)
Our final stop on the tour is Harbord St and Hoskin Ave, which run from Ossington to Queen’s Park. These well used lanes would be upgraded to protected cycle tracks and would allow safer travel to U of T, Queen’s Park, and further eastward via the Wellesley bike lanes.
(Harbord St., west of Spadina Ave. Image: Google Streetview)
Stay tuned for further updates on these projects as they reach City Council in early-February and beyond.