Guest post: Biking for Recreation vs. Transportation: The suburban cycling experience

This is a guest blog post, originally written by Laura Fylyshtan, volunteer writer, for pointA.

Not far from my house is the lovely multi-use West Dean Trail. A gently winding path tucked between residential neighbourhoods, this trail connects to the Eglinton West Trail which in turn connects to the Mid-Humber Trail. As far as recreation goes, it is possible for me to cycle for quite some time along safe and enjoyable routes. I am very fortunate.

Cycle Toronto submission on the Bloor St W extension

Cycle Toronto recently submitted feedback on the draft design of the Bloor West Bikeway Extension. We’re thrilled to see the highly successful and heavily-used bike lanes between Avenue Rd and Shaw St extended to Runnymede Rd and we’re strongly supportive of the planned extension.

This extension will grow transportation choices outside of the downtown core, connect neighbourhoods, and enable residents, businesses, and visitors to experience all the benefits that the current Bloor St bike lanes already provide.

Proposed Borden-Brunswick Contra-Flow will connect neighbourhoods from Queen St to Bloor St

Rendering of the proposed design at the intersection of Borden St and College St, looking west.

The City of Toronto has proposed building contra-flow bike lanes on Borden St and Brunswick Ave. As part of the project, a short, two-way cycle track is also proposed on College St to connect Bellevue Ave to Borden St. This will make it easier for someone to cross College St at a signalized intersection.

Cycle Toronto supports this project as it will: