Learn more about BikingToronto and Singer Kwinter

Eye Weekly writes about the "Bloor Bike Brawl"

This week, Eye Weekly has a pretty good synopsis of the whole Yorkville Bloor Street Reconstruction issue:


The transformation has been hailed as a pedestrian-friendly revitalization that will encourage shoppers to spend far more time salivating in and around the big-ticket boutiques of the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. And there’s no doubt that “extensive tree plantings in innovative and sustainable soil cell systems, widened granite sidewalks, seasonal flowerbeds and attractive up-lighting for each tree” would enhance the experience of even the casual heel-toe commuter. But some are arguing that the effort to keep pedestrians in the area is making it more difficult for all other traffic (both auto and bicycle) to get through.

While it’s not cool that the City of Toronto is seemingly by-passing proper environmental assessments because the rich businesses of Yorkville are contributing lots of money to this project, it should be noted that city staff had said that this section of Bloor won’t have parking, but will have wide curb lanes (possible location for future bikelanes or sharrows):

Daniel Egan, the city’s manager of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, said the narrower road and lack of parked cars would make the new Bloor better for cyclists, although activists disputed this.

Mr. Egan said traffic volumes – 30,000 cars a day – meant that the new narrower Bloor still needed four lanes and could not accommodate full-size bike lanes. However, he said the street could be retrofitted with bike lanes later.

The “Safe Cycling Coalition” has been granted permission to intervene in the lawsuit against the City (which argues that the City skipped important things like environmental assessments), which is a step forward for some cycling advocates in this city. Using the system will produce far more gains for the benefit of Toronto cyclists than rebelling against it.

More at Eye Weekly | Image at top from Eye Weekly

Related Posts on BikingToronto:



$20 gets you a shirt. All taxes and shipping included! (~$30 regularly).

Quantities limited. White colour with navy blue logo. Delivery by Two Wheels Green Delivery (downtown Toronto) and Canada Post.

Size (size chart)
Special delivery instructions?
Get an email in the future when there is another sale (or we give away free stuff!)

Giveaway and Sale Notify List

* indicates required

Sign up for the Biking Toronto Newsletter

Don't have time to check for blog posts here? Get new blog posts in your email! One email per day, max!






Popular Posts Today

  • Results of Toronto Police's Bicycle Campaign
  • EVENT: Vis Takes Victory at Red Bull Race the Place
  • NEWS: John Tory's proposal to cancel Eglinton Connects irresponsible and short-sighted
  • Stuff: Be Safe and Stylish with Yakkay Helmets
  • Write the Public Works Committee about electric scooters in bike lanes.
  • NEWS: Cycle Toronto is hiring Bike Valet Coordinators!
  • STUFF: Saris Cycle Guide Lights
  • Events Calendar



  • Popular Posts This Week

  • NEWS: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck
  • EVENT: Sat. April 19 - Red Bull "Race the Place" hits Ontario Place!
  • EVENT: RedBull Race The Place ... Mystery
  • INFRASTRUCTURE: The top 5 bike trails in Toronto
  • Bikelane Map
  • NEWS: Cyclist killed in Mississauga
  • OH YEAH: For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés
  • PHOTO OF THE DAY: Cyclist in Toronto



  • Popular Posts This Month

  • EVENT: Sat. April 19 - Red Bull "Race the Place" hits Ontario Place!
  • Bikelane Map
  • EVENT: RedBull Race The Place ... Mystery
  • BlogTO compiles the Best Used Bike Shops in Toronto
  • NEWS: Separated Bike Lanes are coming to Eglinton!
  • Celebrate Spring I Bike T.O. Shirt Sale!
  • NEWS: Bixi gets new name, operator, prices
  • NEWS: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck