I just rode home over the viaduct and sections of the eastbound bikelane are closed. Giant jersey concrete barriers are in the way with signs saying the bikelane is closed and cyclists should merge with traffic.
I can’t, as someone who rides the viaduct twice a day, and takes my daughter downtown in our bike trailer, sit back and let this happen. This NOT a street to “merge with traffic” as traffic regular goes 60, 70, 80 kmh. I am NOT going to ride across the viaduct with my daughter in a trailer. It was unsafe before, now it is not possible. I will have problems merging with traffic just on my own, commuting home from work. It’s not a pleasant stretch to ride on.
I understand that the viaduct is being worked on to re-inforce the structure of it, but it’s not right that the bikelane is the only thing that gets closed. The only way across the Don Valley for thousands and thousands of east end residents is now not an option.
If the construction necessitates closing the bikelane, then fine… the construction company needs room to work… BUT an alternative has to be provided. Create a temporary bikelane in the curb car lane until construction is over. Use pylons, use more jersey barriers, just use something.
I don’t think what I’m asking for here is unreasonable. Merging into car traffic on the bridge is unreasonable.
I’m going on vacation tomorrow (and unfortunately can not enjoy it as much now), but this situation trumps everything else bike related for me right now. I will come back from vacation and work on making the viaduct safe for all cyclists at the expense of everything else I do. I can’t work on other things until this is done. It’s too important.
People are going to get killed. Please make this safe.
Please forward this to whoever you have to.