We have a winner!
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
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 20: Russell Hill (Also part of Route 35)
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.
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 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 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.
Now you know the candidates, and means there’s just one more step to take, vote now: