Here’s some clarification from the City of Toronto about their advice for cyclists during the Dundas Streetcar Track Reconstruction.
Originally, it sounded like the City was asking that cyclists walk their bike through construction zones, but thanks to the efforts of Pauline Craig, the BUG co-ordinator at the City (who emailed the reconstruction people about it), things have been clarified:
The Dundas streetcar tracks are being reconstructed from Broadview Avenue in the east to Howard Park in the west, including the DVP and Sorauren Bridges. During track work, only a single curb lane in one direction will be maintained. East of Victoria St., one east-bound lane will remain open, while west of Victoria St., one west-bound lane will remain open. Since these lanes will be of a reduced width, “Narrow Lanes” signs will be erected, to advise cyclists and motorists of the need to travel in ‘single file.’On the Sorauren bridge, one lane in each direction will be open until approximately September, when only the west-bound curb lane lane will be available. “Cyclists and motorists use caution” signs will be used wherever a designated bike lane is occupied due to construction activity.
The DVP bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions for about three months, probably starting in May. Only one sidewalk on one side will be kept open, for pedestrian traffic. Cyclists using the bridge will be advised to walk on the sidewalk. As an alternate route, west-bound cyclists may divert to Gerrard St. just west of Broadview via Munro, while east-bound cyclists can reach Dundas from Gerrard via Hamilton. (These one-way streets are just west of Broadview.)
So, basically – in most places there will still be one lane open, which cyclists can ride in. In areas where both lanes are taken up with reconstruction work and cyclists have to be diverted to the sidewalk… THIS is where the City recommends we dismount and walk.
It makes complete sense. Few things are more annoying than cyclists on sidewalks.
Questions about the Dundas Reconstruction can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-6900.