If there’s one thing that bothers me about the slow installation of “physically separate” protected bikelanes on Sherbourne, Bloor East and Wellesley (soon to come to Richmond and Adelaide and Harbord/Hoskin) is just how half-assed it seems to be being done.
The key to “physically separate” is something physical between where cars drive and where bikes travel. Aside from the north end of Sherbourne, which has some raised curbs (that cars still drive over), the city seems to be using flex-bollards… but installation is VERY inconsistent.
The photo above is of the ONLY place I’ve seen it done correctly in Toronto. It’s on Sherbourne south of Shuter. For one block. The rest of Sherbourne has a few bollards sprinkled here and there, but one or a few bollards don’t do anything… you need a bunch of them like in the photo above for them to be effective.
They need to be close enough together too. The ones in the above photo are about 10 feet apart. On Wellesley, they’ve installed bollards between Sherbourne and Jarvis, but only every 20 feet (or more – photo below) – which means cars can still pull in to park. NO bollards have been installed on Wellesley between Jarvis and Yonge.
What about Bloor East between Sherbourne and the Viaduct (below)? NOTHING. It’s the worst separated bikelane EVER.
All this is to say “What. The. HELL?” You can NOT call these things “Protected Bikelanes” if they don’t actually PROTECT cyclists by keeping cars out of them.
You want more people biking in Toronto? Make them feel safe. You are NOT making them feel safe at all yet.