Photo by Bruce Christie via Flickr
Celebrate Tonight, More Work Tomorrow
Today is one for the history books! Toronto City Council just passed the largest package of cycling infrastructure in our city’s history: 40 km of bike lanes to be installed in a little over a month.
Toronto, this victory is yours!
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Jones
Bicycle Infrastructure in Our Near Future
Just before the end of the year we wrote an article about our highlights from 2019. If you haven’t read it, check it out now. While Cycle Toronto had some significant milestones, one thing we did not see was an improvement in new cycling infrastructure with only 3 km of on-street bike lanes installed.
Artist's rendering of Bloor West Bikeway Extension
The Bloor West Bikeway Extension drop-in opened at 4PM on January 27th and people immediately began filing in. After registering, they entered a room with 39 different info panels, maps for feedback, and City Staff to answer questions. You can view the info panels here if you want a second look or can’t make it out to either meeting.
Block-by-block designs are available here:
by Ryan Shissler
I started bike commuting in February of 2010. At the time, I didn’t even think about how I was going to deal with snowy roads; I couldn’t afford to get to work any other way. Luckily, in 2010, Toronto had one of the lowest snowfall totals in recent history, and I made it to work safely every day.
Rendering of Danforth Ave. showing car lanes, street parking, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Created by Perkins + Will for Cycle Toronto.
Last weekend, 8 80 Cities held a temporary Vision Zero pop-up at Danforth and Woodbine. The reimagined street included widened sidewalks, increased seating and a play area, a planter-protected bike lane, and slower car traffic. It was great to see families and children outside enjoying a small vibrant stretch of Danforth.
The big question: who’s allowed in bike lanes?
As Toronto gets busier and denser, our streets must evolve to accommodate many types of mobilities. Electric bikes and scooters are increasing in popularity and are a great option for people to get around the city, and could contribute to reducing the number of cars on the road.
However, there is a lack of clarity around what types of vehicles can travel in bike lanes, cycle tracks, and trails. The information gap is causing confusion and frustration.