cycling infrastructure

Draft Bikeway Design Guide: our comments & concerns

What is the Draft Bikeway Design Guide?

Ever been angered by cars parking in the bike lane you're riding in? Ever noticed how many different types of bike lanes exist in Toronto? Ever wished that Toronto bike lanes felt safer? Good news: Toronto is developing a new standard for how it develops and delivers cycling infrastructure across the City. The Bikeway Design Guide is in draft form and we were invited to participate in several stakeholder consultations.

Active and E-mobility

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.

Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Review: our submission

What's happening with the Vehicles-for-Hire Bylaw?

The City of Toronto is reviewing the Licensing of Vehicles-for-Hire Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546 PDF), and invited input from individuals and groups. Feedback will be used to inform updates to the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw in a report going to the General Government and Licensing Committee in June 2019. The bylaw provides regulations for taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs), such as Lyft and Uber.

 

Cycling Snow Routes: where can I ride?

If the roads were covered with snow or ice, would you say it’s too dangerous to drive?

Of course you would, but we expect a certain level of service to ensure that we won’t be forced to drive in lanes that haven’t been cleared and salted. The same is true for bike lanes in many cities, and it is the vision of Toronto’s Cycling Snow Routes Network.

Don't let wet leaves get in the way of a smooth journey.

 

While fall colours make Toronto a beautiful place to be outdoors this time of year, falling leaves can create slippery conditions for city cyclists. Turning, braking, and accelerating can become more challenging maneuvers that were previously done with ease, while other hazards can become hidden under damp orange foliage.

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