The Toronto Star has an article today on the decision last week by the Works Committee to pursue some pedestrian and cyclist-friendly infrastructure implementation, including a bikeway along Bloor-Danforth:
Major east-west routes like Queen St. and Bloor-Danforth are among the most dangerous routes for city cyclists; they’re busy and often dangerously narrow.
Even cycling advocate and city Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker had hesitated to endorse bike lanes on these routes, a reluctance compounded by that of merchants and motorists who worry about traffic congestion and the loss of on-street parking to bike lanes.
But De Baeremaeker said he changed his mind about Bloor-Danforth. After travelling it on his bike and in a car, he concluded the cycling traffic is already significant on the route.
“Despite my own initial fears as a cyclist, that is a main entranceway into the city. The best way is to formalize what people are already doing,” he said. The second-term councillor is among those who believe last week’s passage of the plan sounds the death knell for opposition to cycling at city hall.
It sounds like city officials are still unsure about what form such a Bikeway would take along Bloor-Danforth… they’re planning to “study” the issue at this point – but the article mentions that it could be bikelanes, rush-hour-only bikelanes, or sharrows.
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