Great to see more cyclists using Bloor (especially NEW cyclists), but the fact that the city is planning on changing things partway through the pilot is a concern. I’m all for developmental evaluation techniques when warranted, but I don’t know if they are warranted for something like this. Making decisions with a partial dataset (fall and winter data) while still waiting for more data (spring and summer) should be done with extreme care.
A report released Friday shows that there has been a 36 per cent increase in cyclist traffic on Bloor Street, from approximately 3,300 users daily to 4,500. Of that increase, 25 per cent can be attributed to new cyclists.
“I think we’re going to see a lot more cyclists using the lane,” said Barbara Gray, the city’s general manger of transportation services. “This kind of protected bike lane makes everyone feel safer riding along the corridor.”