According to city transportation staff, various hitches in proposed bike lanes around the city have meant that the process has slowed down somewhat. Public works and infrastructure chair Glenn De Baeremaeker wryly blamed democracy.
“Some councillors have asked that there be more consultation – so for the sake of democracy and public input, some projects are being slowed down,” he said. “If you’re the business owner or the school or the church on that road, it’s a big deal. We want to do this democratically.”
The city will be building less than 25 kilometres of bike lanes next year, as opposed to about 50 kilometres by the end of 2009, said De Baeremaeker – a figure that he admitted was far less than he would have liked to have approved.
Adrian Heaps, the chair of Toronto’s Cycling Committee, expressed his frustration at the slow progress.
“I just think from the perspective of the bike plan we need to set quantifiable goals,” he said. “If we can’t do something today – I accept that. But if we can do it six months down the road, that’s something I want.”
One thing the city is moving forward in, in the longer term, is the plan to construct city-spanning dedicated bike lanes along the Bloor-Danforth corridor. Heaps called that the “Transit City” of bicycle infrastructure.