Generally, I keep Biking Toronto very positive and upbeat, but sometimes, some shaming needs to be done.
If you are not sure what the above is, it’s the eastbound Bloor East Separated Bikelane. This photo was taken this morning. Monday, June 2nd, 2014.
Does it look separated to you? Does it look like a safe bikelane to you?
The answer is no on both counts.
This stretch of Bloor East has parking, but that parking is mostly empty most of the time EXCEPT when a film crew wants to use it to film at St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church… when giant film trucks and trailers (some with expandable sides that open up OVER the bit of bikelane not filled with trailer) park there… which is often.
WHY hasn’t the city made this bikelane physically separate, as promised? Wider paint lines/buffers don’t cut it. Separate means separate… bikelanes that can’t be filled with cars and trucks. Small, cheap concrete curbs? Flexi-bollards (currently on part of Wellesley) even. We need MORE than paint.
WHY weren’t the parking spots made wider? The city KNOWS that these spots are mostly used by film crews and their giant vehicles… but the spots are narrow tiny things… barely big enough for small cars. How about widening these spots so that they can be used?
WHY didn’t the city design these lanes better? If they wanted to keep the parking along here, put the bikelane right beside the sidewalk, create a buffer zone with paint and/or flexi-bollards and/or curbs, and THEN have parking. It would keep parking AND maintain a safe area for cyclists.
This is one of the busiest routes to the east end of Toronto. If the city isn’t going to give a crap about cyclist safety along here, then people who use it have to start giving a crap.