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A Map of Rossi’s Separated Bikelanes

A few days ago we told you about Rocco Rossi’s Flip-Flop on bikelanes on major streets (he likes the idea now).

The Toronto Star has published a map (above) of where these physically-separate bikelanes would be.

Rossi’s proposed network includes east-west lanes on Richmond St. between Parliament and Bathurst Sts., and the existing Wellesley Ave.-Harbord St. lane separated from traffic between Parliament and Ossington Ave.

Cyclists travelling north-south would use the existing Sherbourne St. lane that would be separated from traffic between Elm Ave. and Queens Quay; or, to the west, the St. George St./Beverly St. lane extended to Queens Quay.

Rossi says building dedicated lanes in other cities has cost between $168,000 and $454,000 per kilometre.

His plan was quickly denounced as “a last-minute, half-baked idea” by Yvonne Bambrick, spokeswoman for the cyclists union.

“All he’s doing is tweaking (routes) that exist already,” and separating them from traffic, rather than proposing a true network that includes the suburbs, she said.

What do you think of Rossi’s new bikelane plan?

  • Hi Joe,

    I thought it worth posting here that my comments, as noted in the Toronto Star article, were not a reflection on my full statement.

    Here is the full statement, as per the CityTV website – (http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/topic/mayoral2010/article/94773–rocco-rossi-unveils-his-downtown-bike-network-plan)

    Yvonne Bambrick, communications director for the Toronto Cyclists Union, said she’s pleased Rossi’s proposal addresses the increased interest in physically-separated bike lanes, but said ultimately the plan falls short.

    “It’s a weak and downtown-based plan that doesn’t address the concerns of cyclists in the inner and outer suburbs and nor does it really do anything to improve the disconnected network that we currently have in the core,” she said.

    Bambrick did note the cyclists union is pleased to see cycling included in each of the major candidates’ transportation plans, calling it a “shift from previous years.” She also said the cyclists union would like to see increased enforcement of vehicles parking in bike lanes.

    I appreciate the proposed improvements, certainly, but this ‘plan’ barely scratches the surface, and is by no means comprehensive. I’d expect more from a man as intelligent as Mr. Rossi, in particular because he is no stranger to urban and recreational cycling.

  • Thanks Yvonne.

    I have a question for you that casual cyclists or non-advocates may have for you regarding this:

    Why is the Union critical of Rossi’s downtown plan when it’s very similar to the Union-endorsed petition put together by cyclist (and union member) Alan Heisey?

  • Something tells me this is something Rossi cooked up on the fly. Most physically separated bike lanes require more lane witdh allowance than a normal bike lane does; Toronto’s bike lanes require 1.2~1.5m whereas a separated lane would require closer to 2m depending on the type of separation used. In addition, vehicular lanes have a minimum lane width of 3m (if I recall). One look at St. George between Bloor and College St without even needing measuring tape will show that there is no physically no space to accommodate a separated lane. Not only that but there are cut-away parking spots between College and Willcocks St which will need to be removed since the barriers will block them. I’m all for physically separated bike lanes but I don’t think Rossi took much consideration into the constraints/limitations of where and how bike lanes can be implemented.

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