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Presenting the Essentials of Rob Ford’s BikePlan

Here is information straight from the latest issue of Cyclometer that runs down the essentials of the Rob Ford Bike Plan.

There’s already hubbub about it because although it plans for separated bikelanes downtown, it also takes OUT bikelanes in Scarborough (on Pharmacy and Birchmount) – arguably an area that needs safe biking infrastructure way more than downtown does.  The plan also calls for a halt to the Environmental Assessment for a Bloor-Danforth Bikeway.

This plan is up before the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee this Thursday, June 23.  If you want to comment or request to speak, click here and follow the links at the top of the page.

The Mayor’s Cycling Network Priorities

The Mayor’s primary cycling infrastructure focus is on the development of 100km of off-street bike trails.

  • 30km of new trails already began construction in 2010 and will open in the summer of 2011.
  • Feasibility and detailed design studies are underway on most of the other trails identified by the Mayor.
  • A detailed multi-year Bikeway Trails Plan will be developed that will identify priorities and implementation phasing.
  • The report will recommend the submission of this Bikeway Trails Plan to the PWI Committee in fall 2011 for approval.

The Mayor also pledged that critical on-street connections should be completed, provided there is community support and they do not impede motor vehicle traffic. Staff are currently reviewing downtown bikeway network gaps.

Developing a Separated Bike Lane Network

A preliminary assessment has been completed of 14km of separated bike lanes as requested by PWI Committee in the downtown area. This assessment has found;

  • Several of the candidate streets could potentially accommodate separate bi-directional bike lanes (a two-way bike facility on one side of the street).
  • These separated bike lanes would have potential impacts on traffic capacity, parking, winter maintenance, TTC service, emergency vehicles, curbside garbage collection, and property access.
  • A project is proposed to convert the existing bicycle lanes on Bloor St. East, from Sherbourne Street to Broadview Avenue, into separated bike lanes in 2011 (1.6 km at a cost of approximately $50,000)
  • A comprehensive design and consultation process is proposed for separated bike lanes on Sherbourne St. and Wellesley St. with a goal to implement them in 2012.
  • The feasibility of implementing separated bike lanes in the Richmond-Adelaide corridor and within the north-south corridor between Peter and Simcoe Streets, connecting the existing Beverly St. bicycle lanes to the Waterfront will be assessed as part of a larger transportation operations study of this area – Transportation Services will report to the PWI Committee in September 2011 on the Terms of Reference for the study.

Bloor-Danforth Bikeway Environmental Assessment Study

The consultant retained for the Bloor-Danforth Bikeway Environmental Assessment Study began work in Summer 2010. The study was put on hold, pending direction from the new Council following the 2010 municipal election. The focus of the current bikeway report is on the Mayor’s cycling infrastructure priorities. For this reason, it has not been recommended that the Bloor St. EA be continued.
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Bike Lanes to be Cancelled or Removed

The report seeks direction from Council in response to requests to rescind the approved bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Mill Road and Beamish Drive, these bike lanes were approved by City Council in 2010.

The report seeks direction from Council in response to requests from local Councilors to remove bike lanes on:

  • Pharmacy Avenue, between Denton Avenue and Alvinson Road, at a cost of approximately $120,000
  • Birchmount Avenue, between Kingston Road and St. Clair Avenue East, at a cost of approximately $90,000

Bike Lanes to be Modified

The report recommends a modification to the bike lanes on Dupont Street at the Lansdowne Avenue intersection in order to improve traffic flow and capacity at the intersection (cost: approximately $8,000)

New Bike Lanes Recommended

The report recommends the implementation of bike lanes on Dawes Road, from Danforth Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue, as part of the Dawes Road Revitalization Project. There will be no reduction in the number of traffic lanes or parking. The local Councilor and community support this project.
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Jarvis Street

An update has been provided on the operation of Jarvis Street following the installation of bike lanes in 2010. Following installation of the bicycle lanes the 8-hour traffic volumes remained approximately the same, averaging 13,000 motor vehicles in both directions.

During the same 8-hour period, bicycle traffic has increased from approximately 290 to 890 bicycles, an increase of over three times. Motor vehicle travel times have increased between Charles Street and Queen Street by approximately 2 minutes.

Staff continue to monitor operation and will implement measures to mitigate the travel time impacts resulting from the installation of the bike lanes (the installation of a northbound left turn phase at Gerrard Street East is proposed to reduce congestion and delays at this location.)

Learn more about the count on Jarvis St. at Dundas (new!)

Learn more about earlier bike counts on Jarvis

 

This plan is up before the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee this Thursday, June 23.  If you want to comment or request to speak, click here and follow the links at the top of the page.

[Map of proposed separated bikelanes from Torontoist's great write-up of the plan.]

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Rob Ford’s BikePlan Revealed

The “new” Toronto BikePlan has been revealed (PDF link) and it is what is expected.

There is a good write-up about it on the CBC website, but here are the highlights (and lowlights):

  • Downtown Focus
  • Physically Separate Bikelanes on Bloor between Sherbourne & Broadview (2011)
  • Possible Physically Separate Bikelanes on Sherbourne & Wellesley (2012)
  • Studying feasibility of Physically Separate Bikelanes on Richmond or Adelaide Streets and in the north-south corridor from Peter Street to Simcoe Street.
  • Removal of bikelanes on Pharmacy and Birchmount
  • Halting of the Bloor-Danforth Bikeway Environmental Assessment (to devote funds for this to the above projects)

Physically Separate lanes are good, especially downtown, and especially with Bixi all over the place in the core… but removing bikelanes and halting work on EAs?  Not so good.

What do you think of the new BikePlan?

Here is a map of proposed separated bikelanes that Torontoist pulled from the PDF.  Thanks Torontoist! Torontoist also has a great write-up of the plan.

via Torontoist

[top photo of separated bikelanes and Bixi in Montreal by Bikeroo]

 

 

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