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Vote Now for Toronto’s Best Bike Lane

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Have you been out biking in Toronto? Have you been using a bike lane or two? Toronto’s bike lanes may not be perfect, or in great enough numbers, but we do seem to be getting it right here and there.

That’s why BikingToronto asked you to nominate Toronto’s Best Bikelane. We’ve received plenty of nominations and now it’s time to vote for your favourite.

First, let’s recap the nominations:

Route 35: St. George and Beverley Streets

Nominated by Bikeroo in TO and James

Running from Dupont in the north to Queen Street West in the south, these bike lanes provide a direct route for students and commuters from the north of the west side to the heart of Toronto’s shopping district (a short jump to the financial district from there).

Route 35: St. George and Beverley

Route 20: Russell Hill (Also part of Route 35)

Nominated by Lizz, Jane and Robyn

While considered part of the St. George and Beverley route, the northern stretch of Route 20 is divided by one-way streets and connects again north of St. Clair. Beautiful homes and quiet streets stand out as ideal conditions for connecting the city without the choas and speeds of Avenue Road. If you’re heading south, Route 20 connects to the bike lane on Davenport and can transport you to a series of  southbound streets to take you downtown while sticking to Davenport you’ll be delivered to Yorkville or connect you to Church Street.

Routes 35 and 20

Route 11: Royal York Road

Nominated by cFletch

At 11 km, Route 11 is one of the longest, continuous bike lanes in the GTA. Connecting countless residents to Lake Ontario this bike lane provides a direct route to places people want to go.

Route 11

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

Route 12: College Street (Now With Sharrows!)

Nominated by GMD

There is no denying that Route 12, with bike lanes starting in the east at Bay Street and running to Manning Ave in the west, is one of the cities most popular and well-used bike lane. If you want to ride in a pack of fellow pedal-commuters there is no better place to go then at any point on College Street.

Unfortunately, this bike lane is also often used by delivery trucks as temporary parking and much of the bike lane runs directly in the “door zone” of parked cars. Yet, these dangers aside, hundreds (if not thousands) of Torontonians use these bike lanes daily. The recent addition of Sharrows from Manning to where College ends at Lansdowne have nearly doubled the length of Route 12, although their placement under parked cars for much of the day is a point of contention for many.

Route 12 College Street

Now you know the candidates, and means there’s just one more step to take, vote now:

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  • A.R.

    I think the Annette/Dupont lanes are invaluable at that underpass near Dundas. That additional strip of road connecting Dupont with Dundas south of its intersection with Annette/Dupont, coupled with the curve in Dupont, makes for an unusual and awkward driving situation. The bike lane slows down cars and really helps to ensure the safety of cyclists by providing space and additional reaction time. One person died at that underpass and I’m sure that more people would have been hit had it not been painted.

    All the bike lanes on this list are great but when I use that one, it’s one that truly makes me thankful that we have dedicated cycling infrastructure. Davenport also has a noteworthy bike lane. With the exception of some short breaks, it stretches the length of that major street. Davenport curves nicely from the west end into the core, which can make for a quicker trip. It connects with all the major north/south streets in the west end and downtown. The major downside is the light cycles seem to favour the north/south streets it intersects with and Dupont seems faster.

  • duncan

    Thank you, A.R. The Annette/Dupont connection is so very important. I wrote about one feature of this intersection, the sharrows that map an indirect left turn taking you from Dupont to Annette here: http://bikingtoronto.com/duncan/handling-street-car-tracks-and-difficult-intersections-with-indirect-left-turns/

    Davenport didn’t make it as a top nomination but it is certainly a great east/west route.

  • misslynx

    I actually would have voted for Davenport if that had been an option – I use that one more often. But I use Dupont/Annette at least twice a week, and agree that it’s a very good one.