The intersection of Bathurst and Adelaide is getting a makeover, and its new look should appeal to cyclists.
As many as 3,500 cyclists pedal the Adelaide cycle tracks every day. The volume of bike traffic is causing crowding problems at Bathurst, where Adelaide jogs north if you’re heading east.
According to a city report, eastbound cyclists – sometimes as many as 50 at a time – are queuing along the sidewalk on Bathurst during morning rush hour, waiting to cross with pedestrians.
Work is progressing on extending the Richmond and Adelaide Cycle Tracks east to Parliament! Wonderful pics from the City of Toronto Cycling Facebook Group.
Buffer markings for the Richmond Cycle Track have now been installed between Parliament and Church Streets, along with a number of the bike symbols up to Jarvis.
Down on Adelaide, no stopping and diamond reserved cycling lane signs have been installed.
Well, this is light speed for Toronto. After deciding in early July to extend the pilot Cycle Tracks on Richmond and Adelaide over to Parliament St, work is ready to start on actually doing it!
If only all bike lane installation was so quick.
The City of Toronto is extending the cycle tracks – separated bike lanes – that are currently in place along Richmond Street and Adelaide Street in the downtown area extending west from the vicinity of University Avenue. The new extension eastward from the University Avenue area is part of a pilot project to improve cycling infrastructure and enhance safety for all road users in the downtown core.
The new work will result in the extension of cycle tracks on Richmond Street, which is one-way westbound, from Parliament Street to York Street, and on Adelaide Street, which is one-way eastbound, from Simcoe Street to Parliament Street. Cycle tracks will then be in place on both Richmond and Adelaide between Parliament Street in the east and Bathurst Street in the west.
Awesome! City Council has just approved the extension of the Richmond and Adelaide Cycle Tracks (also known as physically separate bikelanes) all the way over to Parliament.
This makes so much sense, as bike traffic has tripled since the cycle tracks went in AND they’ve also made travel times for cars FASTER.
Sources say the extension work should happen later this summer.
City Council approve the implementation of a westbound cycle track on the north side of Richmond Street West, from Parliament Street to York Street…
City Council approve the implementation of a eastbound cycle track south side of Adelaide Street West, from Simcoe Street to Parliament Street…
Via @TO_Cycling on Twitter:
A recommendation to extend separated bike lanes on downtown Richmond and Adelaide Sts. breezed through Toronto’s public works committee.Councillors gave a unanimous green light to the city staff proposal that will roll into city council for final approval July 7.The politicians from all parts of the political spectrum, and urban and suburban wards, marveled at and applauded a boom in use of the lanes since the $300,000 pilot project launched a year ago.