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NEWS: Bay Street gets a bikelane! (for one miserable block)

Hey there!  Need to go north or south in the downtown core?  Wanna do it safely?  Want to do it in a bikelane, even a painted one, which atleast carves out some space for you?  Wanna do it somewhere in the 2 km stretch between St. George/Beverly and Sherbourne?

Yeah, well, keep dreaming.

Transportation services recently installed a painted bikelane (actual photo above) on Bay… but just between College and Gerrard.  That’s a full 270 metres of bikelane that cars can now park in.   Why aren’t all bikelanes automatically getting flex-bollards now?  If we have bikelanes to provide safe, car-free spaces for cyclists in Toronto, let’s put at least something in to keep cars out of them.

Now, you may ask yourself… what about north of College?  Well, the City painted some sharrows there (I happened to take some photos of them this morning, below).  Sharrows are great for using up paint, and showing cyclists where drivers *should* be letting them ride, but in actual practice they do almost nothing in terms of making a street safer for cyclists.

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South of Gerrard?  I have no idea… but here’s a thought:  Maybe it would be nice to have an ACTUAL bikelane that goes down Bay to City Hall, where the new $1.2 million BikeStation will be?  There’s no bikelane on Queen (although there should be), so why not Bay?

Oh, auto-centric Toronto planners and transportation services people will tell you that bikelanes will affect car traffic “flow”… and aren’t possible… because we base all of our street planning on the maximum number of cars that use a road during rush hour.

The photos above? Taken at 9:05 am on a Monday morning.  The photo below? Taken at 6:00 pm on a Monday (also today).

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Look at all that space!  This is rush hour!  And all that space in the middle… where there’s just paint and some rarely used left turn lanes?  Just enough space to re-configure the road lines to make a bikelane along each curb.

Bay has SO much potential.  Not using it is wasting it.

 

via: Twitter / TO_Cycling: Bay street bikes – @TO_Transport ….

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INFRASTRUCTURE: The New Simcoe Street Contra-flow Bikelane

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Here’s a great photo of the new contra-flow bikelane on Simcoe St I found on Instagram from Send It Courier.  I really hope that there are going to be flexi-bollards actually separating this lane from car traffic, or else taxis and trucks will be parking in it and making it a failure of a bikelane.   It’s not a safe bikelane if motorized vehicles can get into it.

New bike lane on simcoe is the best thing the city has done for cycling in the last 3 years.

via Photo by senditcourier on Instagram.

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ELSEWHERE: Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe

It’s a shame I have to put this in the “Elsewhere” category.  Until Toronto gets off it’s butt and joins the 21st century, that’s where it will stay.

“Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users [through] busways, public plazas, space for pedestrians, and, of course, bike lanes,” says David Vega-Barachowitz of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. “More protected bike lanes is one of the most important parts of this.”

Protected bike lanes separate people on bikes from rushing traffic with concrete curbs, plastic bollards or other means—and sometimes offer additional safety measures such as special traffic lights and painted crossings at intersections.

Full Article: Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe by Jay Walljasper — YES! Magazine.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Simcoe to be first street with car parking protecting a bikelane.

Looking good Simcoe. Please, let’s have lots of flex-bollards or planters along that double-line to keep cars from parking in that bikelane.

Simcoe will be TO’s first street where parking used as bike lane separation off peak

via Twitter / TO_Cycling: Simcoe will be TO’s first street ….

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NEWS: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns

Jesus murphy. Look at these self-entitled motorists.  Just look at them.

New painted bike lanes started to appear on Simcoe Street this week, but it seemed users of the street’s soon-to-be-defunct parking meters were turning scofflaw, blocking the painted contraflow track with their cars and motorcycles.

Read More: New bike lanes appear on Simcoe, confusion reigns.

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