Photo: Nicholas Jones
Let's get bike lanes on the Danforth.
The Danforth can have it all: wide sidewalks, protected bike lanes, and on-street parking, with little impact on motor vehicle traffic capacity. We're calling for bike lanes on this well-used corridor.
Sign the pledge so that our elected officials know we're already riding, and it's time for the infrastructure to catch up to the numbers. Kudos to Ward 14 Bikes for their bike count showing bikes at 21% mode share during the p.m. peak - in line with Bloor bike count numbers immediately prior to bike lane installation. The Danny is indeed ready for protected bike lanes!
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Background: Danforth bike lanes would fill a gap in Toronto's cycling network
There is a significant gap in Toronto’s cycling network east of the Don Valley. The Bloor Viaduct helps connect east end cycling commuters out of the core via the protected bike lanes on Sherbourne St. However, the lanes end at Broadview Ave. There are several north-south bike routes east of Broadview Ave but no high quality infrastructure options to connect them. All of the other bridges crossing the Don (Gerrard, Dundas and Queen) have streetcar tracks which make continuous routes challenging, if not impossible.
Danforth Ave is the east-end’s only route with the potential to extend continuously to the downtown west of the Don Valley - while connecting to the Greenwood Ave, Woodbine Ave and Dawes Rd bike lanes. All of the other bridges crossing the Don (Gerrard, Dundas and Queen) have streetcar tracks which make continuous routes challenging, if not impossible. Danforth is a consistent width (16.5 m) and significantly wider than all of the east-end alternatives with more potential to accommodate cycling infrastructure with less impact on traffic and parking.
Studies for bike lanes on Danforth were originally proposed in 2009 and again in 2016 and 2018. The most recent, the Danforth Complete Streets study, begins this year. We’re concerned that due to the long study timeline, we will see no improvements until after the next election, in 2023 or beyond. We want to see a commitment to protected bike lanes on Danforth from City Council as soon as possible!
5 Reasons to Build Bike Lanes on Danforth
A majority of people arrive by walking, cycling or transit. A 2014 study by Ryerson University students and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation found that more than 80% of patrons arrived to Greektown by walking, cycling or transit (Playter Blvd to Carlaw Ave). What’s more, people are already riding. One count done last year by Ward 14 Bikes and Bells on Bloor showed nearly 3,000 cyclists per day - similar to the number of cyclists riding Bloor in the Annex before bike lanes were installed. This makes Danforth one of the most popular routes in Toronto. Imagine how much ridership would blossom if the street had a safe, protected bikeway.
Cyclists spend more money. Portland State University researchers found that customers who arrive by bike spend 24% more per month than those who arrive by car.
Protected bike lanes increase retail sales. New York City found that protected bike lanes had a significant positive impact on the strength of local business. After the construction of a protected bike lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49 percent increase in retail sales. In comparison, local businesses throughout Manhattan only saw a 3 percent increase in retail sales.
Bike lanes make major streets safer and better for everyone. The pilot project for bike lanes on Bloor St was an impactful approach to building support. After the bike lanes were installed, cycling ridership increased by 49%, conflicts on the street for all road users were down by 44%, merchant sales were up and travel times for motorists had increased only marginally. Bloor St is now safer for everyone. It’s the perfect example of Vision Zero in action.
If you build it, they will come. Study after study demonstrates that after protected bike lanes are installed on main streets, cycling volumes increase significantly. Cycling volumes on Richmond St. and Adelaide St. have increase by an incredible 1,194% along the busiest part of the route, west of University Ave. after protected bike lanes were installed - and motor vehicle volume flows as before.
Request a Danforth Loves Bikes sticker
Do you run a business on Danforth Ave and want to show your support for bike lanes on Danforth? Email info [at] cycleto [dot] ca to request a sticker.
List of supporters
This map shows businesses along Danforth Ave that support adding Danforth to the new bike plan and launching a pilot project as soon as possible! Drop by, shop and thank them for their support.
Enhancing cycling on Danforth is good for local business!
Data and image with thanks to Daniel Arancibia, Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank
Above Pape & Danforth: 3,005 people are within a 5 minute walking distance of Pape & Danforth. Over 42,000 people are within a 5 minute bicycle trip to Pape & Danforth.