BikeToronto.ca has some awesome entries up about recent improvements to a couple sections of the Martin-Goodman Trail along the waterfront.
First up is the section at Marilyn Bell Park. A new “twin” trail has been added, and they are still working on the original trail right next to the water, where a boardwalk will be added for pedestrians (the original bike trail will remain, but widened). Is it just me or do those blue and green lines in that photo look darn purty?
I actually biked on the new twin trail when it was brand new, a couple weeks ago after my dragonboat practice at Sunnyside, and it’s a dream… so smooooth!
The other section to get an upgrade is Leslie, south of Lakeshore. A new seperate trail extends south to Commissioner’s Street (soon to go all the way to Unwin and the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park (the Leslie Street Spit).
My favourite part of this has got to be the generous tree plantings on both sides… in 10 years these will be nice and big and provide lots of great shade and atmosphere for cyclists here. While there are a lot of new trees on either side of Lakeshore too (where the eastern stump of the Gardiner used to be), I’d love to see the city plant a lot more… there are a lot of empty areas on both sides and in the wide grassy median.