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Photos and Review of the New Bloor Viaduct Bikelanes

I was up early this morning, so went out for a ride to the new re-painted Bloor-Danforth bikelanes to see what they were like (and take photos for you).  They are, on the whole, great!  I say this from someone who crosses the Viaduct twice a day to and from work.

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Looking east past the westbound entrance to the DVP/Bayview on-ramp.  You can see  the old bikelane line on the left side, mid-range… they widened the bikelane significantly and “doubled” for more visual presence (it’ll help drivers see it easier)… and added sharrows at the part where cars cross the bikelane.

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The lane approaching Bloor and Castle Frank.  Nice and wide, and easy to see. :)

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I was disappointed to see, though, that it is *only* the Viaduct portion of the Bloor bikelanes that have been upgraded.  From Sherbourne to just west of the bridge the bikelanes are still in pretty bad shape, line-wise.  You can hardly see them in spots.  This photo is from just east of Sherbourne.

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More un-updated bikelane… this is just getting very close to the Viaduct… you can see the western end of it in the distance.

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Here’s where the “new and improved” bikelane starts, on the east side of the Bloor and Castle Frank intersection.

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Look at these!  Beautiful!  Not only are they wider and have a larger visual presence, but cars seem to brake more approaching the curve to the right as the Viaduct starts…

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Look at the extra width on the corner!  Great.. and the car lanes are narrowed a little bit, so cars seemed to be going slower.  I knew the old bikelane was too narrow to feel completely safe, but it looks like it was especially narrow compared to the new lines.

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On the Viaduct itself, there isn’t a whole lot of extra room, but it feels safer due to the extra line.  All superficial of course, but if cars go a bit slower, and cyclists feel a bit safer, then the end result is more people on bikes!

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Approaching the eastbound on-ramp to the Don Valley Parkway…

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There are some chevrons painted on the road showing where cyclists cross, and sharrows over where the bikelane continues…. but I was cycling and missed the chevrons completely (I had to walk back on the sidewalk and take this photo and the next one)…

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There are 3 sets of chevrons going diagonally across the on-ramp entrance… and they are not very visible at all.  I actually did not see them and crossed over to the other side before I got to the chevrons.  Perhaps there are bike-stencils planned to go along with the chevrons (making them sharrows), or some kind of signage… but as it stands now, it needs work.

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Once you cross over though… it’s *very* evident where bikes should be. :)

What do YOU think?  Have you ridden the new improved Viaduct bikelanes?  If you have or haven’t, what are your impressions?

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