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How Not To Design A Separated Bike Lane


The City of Toronto is finally getting a separated bike lane. It’s on Sherbourne Street, a block east of the soon to be painted out Jarvis Street bike lanes that keep city councillors from getting home in time for dinner. The separation is a rounded bump that is too big for a cyclist to cross easily and safely, but not too big for a UPS truck. So now, when they park in the Fedex Lane (as I call our bike lanes), cyclists will have to dismount and go around them.

Read the full post: “How Not To Design A Separated Bike Lane” on TreeHugger.

  • Joe

    This is awful, Sherbourne was actually better the way it was before. They should either have built a fence or just left it the way it was. Denzil Minnan-Wong is the worst bike network representative we have ever had – he actually destroyed the lanes on Jarvis and gave us this instead. What a disaster.

  • Johnny Canuck

    I’m 25 years old and have been a Torontonian all my life. I’m an avid cyclist and a delivery truck driver in the down town core. I feel Toronto bike lanes in Toronto is a waste of time. It creates much more traffic congestion, wastes tax payer money, and worst of all they’re hardly used during the winter months when most cyclists abandon their bikes due to the cold.

    In my opinion the real solution is education. Motorists should be educated on sharing the road, and cyclists should have a thorough understanding of the rules of the road. Both parties must be held accountable to operating their transport in a safe lawful manner.

    If these simple steps were achieved then the roads would be much safer and smoother.

  • Roy Murray

    The whole point of divided lanes is to keep cyclists safer than they would be with a painted line. This truck actually endangers cyclists more as crossing the ‘hump’ requires more skill than crossing paint.
    Forget about being lectured by people who think the problem lies with both sides; The guy in the truck is unlikely to come away with life threatening injuries if a cyclist is irresponsible.
    The city needs to have a flying squad of tow trucks to remove scofflaws like this. Heck, give the job to the private sector for a cut of the proceeds. The practice would soon end.

  • Greg Hannah

    Johnny Canuk you are not an avid cyclist, if you were you’d know how dangerous the roads have become in the past decade – I’ve lived and have been cycling downtown for over 25 years and you’d understand “road sharing”. I do agree that better education is needed for both drivers and cyclists, there’s a lot of bad drivers and cyclists out there. Once the snow falls many do indeed abandon the bike for the winter (November through March) but certainly not everyone. I still cycle to work unless it’s snowing, then I either walk or take TTC because it gets slippery but many continue riding throughout the winter. We need a separate grid of bike lanes throughout downtown – perhaps every 2-3 north-south and east-west routes for the tens of thousands of cyclists and many more would too if they felt safer which would take pressure off overloaded roads and at-capacity downtown public transit. Finally we need collapsible flaps on the bike lane curbs to prevent idiots from crossing over and parking or stopping in the bike lanes, except emergency response vehicles.

  • e stanley

    I saw this same truck – but from its north end – and had a bit of a laugh at the idiocy of it. But it occurred to me, before they put in the dedicated bike lane did they ask the businesses on the street how they were supposed to take goods deliveries now that there is no place to park? I doubt it was designed to permit truck access, that kinda defeats the object…