The Bloor East bikelane has recently been re-painted between Sherbourne and Parliament with new, slightly wider lanes with a double line and a small “buffer” between the bikelane and the car lanes, as well as some sharrows across the Bloor and Castle Frank intersection.
All of this is GREAT, of course. As a cyclist who used this stretch twice a day coming to and from the Viaduct, both wider lane and visual cues (for drivers) are wonderful.
Having said that, Bloor East was supposed to be the FIRST stretch of road in Toronto with proper separated bikelanes. This plan was proposed over TWO years ago, and Bloor East was supposed to happen FIRST because it wouldn’t require as much Community Consultation as there weren’t a lot of driveways and businesses along this stretch. Sherbourne has already been done (I love it!) and Wellesley and Harbord are coming soon.
Do we have separated bikelanes on Bloor East now, over two years later? No.
The reason I’ve heard that there are separated bikelanes is that the road decking of the Viaduct can not take the alterations necessary… and that’s fine.
BUT, I would submit that there is a FANTASTIC opportunity here for the City to still make things WAY safer for people biking along this stretch.
There’s a simple way, a cheap way, and an effective WAY to make this stretch so much safer (and believe me, it needs it… drivers race FAST along this stretch)
Bollards. Simple and cheap flexible bollards, plunked down every metre or so between those two bikelane lines. From Sherbourne all the way to Broadview. Won’t hurt the Viaduct road deck at all.
What do you say Toronto?