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Have you been out biking in Toronto? Have you been using a bike lane or two? Toronto’s bike lanes may not be perfect, or in great enough numbers, but we do seem to be getting it right here and there.

That’s why BikingToronto asked you to nominate Toronto’s Best Bikelane. We’ve received plenty of nominations and now it’s time to vote for your favourite.

First, let’s recap the nominations:

Route 35: St. George and Beverley Streets

Nominated by Bikeroo in TO and James

Running from Dupont in the north to Queen Street West in the south, these bike lanes provide a direct route for students and commuters from the north of the west side to the heart of Toronto’s shopping district (a short jump to the financial district from there).

Route 35: St. George and Beverley

Route 20: Russell Hill (Also part of Route 35)

Nominated by Lizz, Jane and Robyn

While considered part of the St. George and Beverley route, the northern stretch of Route 20 is divided by one-way streets and connects again north of St. Clair. Beautiful homes and quiet streets stand out as ideal conditions for connecting the city without the choas and speeds of Avenue Road. If you’re heading south, Route 20 connects to the bike lane on Davenport and can transport you to a series of  southbound streets to take you downtown while sticking to Davenport you’ll be delivered to Yorkville or connect you to Church Street.

Routes 35 and 20

Route 11: Royal York Road

Nominated by cFletch

At 11 km, Route 11 is one of the longest, continuous bike lanes in the GTA. Connecting countless residents to Lake Ontario this bike lane provides a direct route to places people want to go.

Route 11

Route 16: Annette and Dupont Streets

Nominated by ‘Xander

Perhaps one of the most contested existing lanes in Toronto, the Annette and Dupont Street bike lanes get many things right in both execution and in use.

These lanes provide adequate space around parked cars, continue to intersections and even through one with sharrows and they connect with other routes and multi-use paths. Whether you’re in the Junction or Bloor West Village, a short diversion to Annette provides you with an excellent example of cycling infrastructure.

Route 16: Annette and Dupont Streets

Route 12: College Street (Now With Sharrows!)

Nominated by GMD

There is no denying that Route 12, with bike lanes starting in the east at Bay Street and running to Manning Ave in the west, is one of the cities most popular and well-used bike lane. If you want to ride in a pack of fellow pedal-commuters there is no better place to go then at any point on College Street.

Unfortunately, this bike lane is also often used by delivery trucks as temporary parking and much of the bike lane runs directly in the “door zone” of parked cars. Yet, these dangers aside, hundreds (if not thousands) of Torontonians use these bike lanes daily. The recent addition of Sharrows from Manning to where College ends at Lansdowne have nearly doubled the length of Route 12, although their placement under parked cars for much of the day is a point of contention for many.

Route 12 College Street

Now you know the candidates, and means there’s just one more step to take, vote now:

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Best Bike Lane Toronto: Week 1 Nominations

Streets for all modesOn Monday, April 12, 2010, BikingToronto asked you to nominate the best bike lanes in Toronto. As a bold pilot project to install separated bike lanes along University Avenue sparks the ire of mayoral candidates, excites downtown bicycle commuters and grabs the headlines, we don’t want our other bike lanes to feel left out.

You’ve heard our call and the nominations keep rolling in daily. Each pointing to many of the fantastic reasons why bike lanes are important and cannot be pushed aside. As more and more Torontonians look for ways to integrate healthier travel alternatives into their daily lives it’s good to know there’s a great bike lane nearby.

Here are your nominations so far:

Route 35: St. George and Beverley Streets

Nominated by Bikeroo in TO and James

Running from Dupont in the north to Queen Street West in the south, these bike lanes provide a direct route for students and commuters from the north of the west side to the heart of Toronto’s shopping district (a short jump to the financial district from there).

Route 35: St. George and Beverley

Route 35 and 20: Russell Hill

Nominated by Lizz, Jane and Robyn

While considered part of the St. George and Beverley route, the northern stretch of Route 35 is divided by one-way streets and connects again north of St. Clair. Beautiful homes and quiet streets stand out as ideal conditions for connecting the city without the choas and speeds of Avenue Road.

Routes 35 and 20

Route 11: Royal York Road

Nominated by cFletch

At 11 km, Route 11 is one of the longest, continuous bike lanes in the GTA. Connecting countless residents to Lake Ontario this bike lane provides a direct route to places people want to go.

Route 11

Other nominations include Route 42 along Huntingwood Drive in Scarborough and Route 14 running much of Harbord from Queens Park in the east to Ossington in the west.

Disappointed to find that your favourite bike lane has yet to be nominated? There’s still time, head on over to our post on Toronto’s Best Bike Lane and nominate your choice now!

Photo via BikingToronto Flickr Pool

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BikingToronto.com Asks: What is Toronto’s Best Bike Lane?

/oveSpring is in the air and countless Toronto cyclists (possibly a million) are back on the city streets. They’re cycling to work and school and the grocery store and the park and the lake and… well, the list goes on and on.

Along their daily travels, cyclists will encounter Toronto’s growing network of bike lanes. Sure, the system of bike lanes currently lining several of our streets aren’t perfect, but we’re tired of hearing complaints. Let’s hear where we’ve gotten it right, let’s hear about the bike lanes that make a difference in your cycling and daily life.

What makes a bike lane the best?

Is there a bike lane that connects you to a loved one’s house? Is there a bike lane that becomes the highlight of your daily commute? Is there a bike lane that has helped you discover something new and exciting about Toronto? Is there a bike lane you use for Toronto’s best shopping? Is there a bike lane that makes you feel more confident and safe?

Toronto’s Best Bike Lane is going to be decided solely on your experiences. There are no right and wrong answers here, just the stories and reasons why a particular bike lane is the best no matter how big or small.

We’re asking for your submissions over the next month and will conclude our search by posting your photos and stories just in time for Toronto Bike Month.

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Here’s how to submit your nominations for Toronto’s Best Bike Lane:

1) E-mail us your story or photos (or both) and tell us why you have found Toronto’s Best Bike Lane. Be sure to include where the bike lane is, the conditions of the road the bike lane is on and every other detail that makes this Toronto’s Best Bike Lane. Send your nominations to duncan dot bikingtoronto at gmail dot com (re-assemble with two . and an @) with the subject line “Toronto’s Best Bike Lane.”

2) Comment on this post and tell us the where, the why and link to photos if you have them.

3) Send us your nomination for Toronto’s Best Bike Lane using Twitter @BikingToronto using the hash tag #BestBikeLaneTO

4) Tell us all about Toronto’s Best Bike Lane on the BikingToronto Facebook Fan wall

Take a minute to check out the BikingToronto Bike Lane Google Map as any one of these lanes could soon be Toronto’s Best Bike Lane.

Nominations are open now! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Photo via the BikingToronto Flickr Pool

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