You may remember that originally the re-configuration plans for Jarvis always called for the reduction of the street from 5 car lanes to 4, and that the original plans did not include bikelanes. The reduction of car lanes was going to be done by widening sidewalks.
Back in April of 2008, we started the idea that not only could Jarvis accommodate bikelanes, but separated bikelanes – creating a safe space for cyclists but also protecting pedestrians from moving traffic. This idea came from NYC, but we expanded it to have 2 car lanes in each direction.
Eventually, as we all know, it was decided to put a painted bikelane down each side of Jarvis… and we get to see it become a reality starting this friday!
Here are the full details from the City’s press release:
Installation of bike lanes on Jarvis Street begins this Friday
The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division will begin the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis Street (from Queen Street East to Charles Street) on Friday, July 16, continuing until late July.
As a result of this work, Jarvis Street will be transformed from five lanes of traffic to four, with two bicycle lanes. In order to undertake this work safely, a series of partial road closures and lane reductions will be required.
The following is a summary of the work:
Friday, July 16 – The removal of pay-and-display parking machines and the installation of no-stopping regulations on the roadway will occur.
Friday, July 16 (evening) – The centre reversible lane will be taken out of operation in both directions.
Saturday, July 17 or Sunday, July 18 (weather permitting) – Temporary pavement markings will be installed to mark the closure of the centre lane. This work will take place during the evening.
Week of July 19 – Pre-marking of bike lanes and the removal of the reversible lane hardware and signage will occur.
Saturday, July 24 and/or Sunday, July 25 (weather permitting) – A series of rolling closures of sections of Jarvis Street will take place in order to install new bike lane markings and simultaneously remove the existing markings.
Week of July 26 – The bicycle and diamond symbols will be installed in the bike lanes. This will result in some localized curb lane closures in off-peak hours.
The bike lanes were approved by Toronto City Council in 2009 following an environmental assessment for Jarvis Street. Further updates on the project can be found on the City’s cycling website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.
Further information about other road closures is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets.