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Jarvis Street Middle Lane now Car-Free. Bikelanes Are Coming

jarvismiddleI saw this on my way downtown this morning, and the Star has picked up on it too.  The city has made Jarvis into a 2-lanes-each-way street, striping off the middle lane with yellow lines in preparation for turning it into a bikelaned street.  It’s good to see drivers abiding by the yellow lines.  It’s also funny that a cyclist used the car-free middle lane as a cycling path.

No longer does the middle lane of the five-lane arterial accommodate either north- or southbound traffic on four or two wheels, depending on the time of day. As of next week, new bike lanes will be painted on both sides of the road, at the curb. And the centre lane will disappear.

For now, instead of the changing green arrow or red X that lets drivers know whether they could use the lane, the middle of Jarvis is lined on both sides, one lane wide by a thick yellow line, which seemed to confuse everybody.

Motor vehicles mostly stayed out of the centre lane, though some used it to make left turns. One lone cyclist swooped south, but otherwise, most stuck to the curb.

We’re posting photos of Jarvis during the transformation… see the “before” photos here.

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