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Best Bike Lane Toronto: More Nominations

A lot has happened since BikingToronto first asked you to nominate Toronto’s Best Bike Lane.

We’ve received a lot of replies and here’s a summary of a few of the lanes nominated so far: Best Bike Lane Toronto: Week 1 Nominations.

The Toronto mayoral race continues to have everyone talking about public transit and cycling infrastructure. Unfortunately, we have yet to see a candidate come forward with progressive ideas that help improve movement around our city, not just for people who ride bicycles, but for all Torontonians. Smitherman has even taken the role of an angry father and called for a “time out” on bike lanes.

And unfortunately, the Toronto Cycling Committee is also singing this same tune. Shifting their focus from “quantity” to “quality” the Cycling Committee is hoping to work towards connecting existing downtown bikeways, adding cycling infrastructure at subways and transit connections and furthering cycling education for children. Why quality wasn’t directly tied to quantity in the first place we may never know.

While City Council did approve a scaled-down bike sharing program, a voting error (and lack of attendance) resulted in the loss of what could have been Toronto’s most bold bike lane project on University Avenue.

As we continue to search for Toronto’s Best Bike Lane it is important to remember why bike lanes are important. Not only do they reinforce the fact that bicycles and their riders have a right to use our streets but they also provide visible alternatives for those who are sick of spending more time in their cars than they spend with their family.

Now, let’s continue with the nominations:

Route 16: Annette and Dupont Streets

Nominated by ‘Xander

Perhaps one of the most contested existing lanes in Toronto, the Annette and Dupont Street bike lanes get many things right in both execution and in use.

These lanes provide adequate space around parked cars, continue to intersections and even through one with sharrows and they connect with other routes and multi-use paths. Whether you’re in the Junction or Bloor West Village, a short diversion to Annette provides you with an excellent example of cycling infrastructure.

Route 16: Annette and Dupont Streets

Not Quite Bike Lanes Nominated

The Martin Goodman Trail is by definition a multi-use trail. Yet, at many points along it’s duration cyclists are given their own path. Plowed of snow in the winter and providing a nearly non-stop connection from Etobicoke to downtown Toronto this not quite bike lane is a useful piece of cycling infrasture for both commuters and recreational cyclists:

Martin Goodman Trail

Lakeshore and Cibola may be less known by their actual names and more known by their destination. The only cycling and pedestrians paths completely separated from the city by water, these are the arterial routes running the length of Toronto Island. Rent a tandem or quad bicycle and explore the island, keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians because this is the only bicycle route in the city where you’re likely to be the fastest and largest vehicles around:

Lakeshore and Cibola Toronto Island

Now that Bike Month is underway I hope you’re continuing to explore the bike lanes and the places they take you in Toronto. Keep your nominations coming, here’s how to nominate Toronto’s Best Bike Lane.





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Duncan rides bicycles in the city of Toronto and contributes to the main blog of BikingToronto as well as writing and taking photos for his blog Duncan's City Ride.

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