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INFRASTRUCTURE: Big (Bad?) Changes to Harbord/Hoskin Bikelane Plans

It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response.

I personally don’t like the new design at all.  These lanes aren’t separated, they are just paint.  The old design had an actual physical CURB that separated bike traffic from dangerous car traffic.

In June 2014, City staff publicized a preliminary plan to upgrade the Harbord-Hoskin bicycle lanes to a bi-directional cycle track design along their complete length from Ossington Avenue to Queen’s Park Crescent.  Since then the City completed a comprehensive traffic study to measure the effects of bi-directional cycle tracks operations at signalized and un-signalized intersections.  This study showed it would not be possible to safely accommodate bi-directional separated bike lanes, without unacceptable delays to all road users.

As a result, staff now recommend upgrading the current intermittent traditional bike lanes with continuous uni-directional buffered bike lanes:

Uni-directional bike lanes on both sides of the street with 0.5 m to 1.0 m painted buffers between bike lanes, traffic lanes and parking lanes.

Replace the sharrows with bike lanes between Spadina Ave. and Borden St., and at the Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. intersections.

Maintain on-street parking on one side of the street, which would provide enough parking to meet highest parking demand in all areas.

via Harbord Street and Hoskin Avenue – Cycle Tracks – Bikeway Network | City of Toronto.

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