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INFRASTRUCTURE: New signal activating dots at Shaw & Harbord

On twitter, the City has announced that there are new signal activating dots installed northbound at Shaw & Harbord.  This is great, but do these actually work for anyone? Whenever I find signal dots in the city, they never seem to do anything.

via Twitter / TO_Cycling: New signal activating dots ….

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NEWS: Let Public Works know you support Harbord and Richmond/Adelaide bikelanes

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Via CycleToronto:

You can send your emails to pwic@toronto.ca and mention the item number in the subject line of your email. Richmond/Adelaide has gotten a lot of notice but so far very few people have sent in their wishes for an improved Harbord. We don’t know how much resistance there will be about taking away parking on Harbord so the more support the better!

  • Harbord agenda item PW31.6
  • Richmond/Adelaide agenda item PW31.7 

Regarding Harbord and Hoskin:

- the staff are proposing to provide separation on Hoskin but not on Harbord because of its narrower width. Please ask the City to lower the speed limit if we can’t get separation from fast motor vehicles.

Regarding R/A:

- The staff have no solution for how people will cross Queen, Richmond while biking on the proposed Simcoe bike lane. There need to be traffic lights otherwise it’ll be very hard–and dangerous–to cross these busy streets. Please also ask the City to install traffic lights on Simcoe.

That’s it for now! Thanks!

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Big (Bad?) Changes to Harbord/Hoskin Bikelane Plans

It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response.

I personally don’t like the new design at all.  These lanes aren’t separated, they are just paint.  The old design had an actual physical CURB that separated bike traffic from dangerous car traffic.

In June 2014, City staff publicized a preliminary plan to upgrade the Harbord-Hoskin bicycle lanes to a bi-directional cycle track design along their complete length from Ossington Avenue to Queen’s Park Crescent.  Since then the City completed a comprehensive traffic study to measure the effects of bi-directional cycle tracks operations at signalized and un-signalized intersections.  This study showed it would not be possible to safely accommodate bi-directional separated bike lanes, without unacceptable delays to all road users.

As a result, staff now recommend upgrading the current intermittent traditional bike lanes with continuous uni-directional buffered bike lanes:

Uni-directional bike lanes on both sides of the street with 0.5 m to 1.0 m painted buffers between bike lanes, traffic lanes and parking lanes.

Replace the sharrows with bike lanes between Spadina Ave. and Borden St., and at the Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. intersections.

Maintain on-street parking on one side of the street, which would provide enough parking to meet highest parking demand in all areas.

via Harbord Street and Hoskin Avenue – Cycle Tracks – Bikeway Network | City of Toronto.

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EVENT REMINDER: Sept. 21 – Bagels for Bike Lanes at the Harbord Bakery

  • Date: Sat. Sept. 21
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Harbord Bakery, 115 Harbord St.

Harbord Bakery makes some outstanding baked goods. But theyve stood in the way of bike lanes on Harbord for a decade. We want to show them that cyclists are an important part of their customer base and encourage them to support separated bike lanes on Harbord. Lets head to the Harbord Bakery on Saturday Sept 14 at 11am, buy some bagels, challah or croissants and stand up for better bike infrastructure on Harbord. Wear your helmet or carry your pannier to show that youre a cyclist. Join us on the 14th!

Sign our petition supporting separated lanes on Harbord atwww.cycleto.ca/harbord

While you’re at it, become a member of Cycle Toronto! www.cycleto.ca/join

Facebook Event Page: Bagels for Bike Lanes: Love-in at the Harbord Bakery.

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EVENT: Sept. 21 – Bagels for Bike Lanes at the Harbord Bakery

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I love this.  A fantastic pro-bike and pro-business event at an anti-bikelane business.

  • Date: Sat. Sept. 21
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Harbord Bakery, 115 Harbord St.

Harbord Bakery makes some outstanding baked goods. But theyve stood in the way of bike lanes on Harbord for a decade. We want to show them that cyclists are an important part of their customer base and encourage them to support separated bike lanes on Harbord. Lets head to the Harbord Bakery on Saturday Sept 14 at 11am, buy some bagels, challah or croissants and stand up for better bike infrastructure on Harbord. Wear your helmet or carry your pannier to show that youre a cyclist. Join us on the 14th!

Sign our petition supporting separated lanes on Harbord at www.cycleto.ca/harbord

While you’re at it, become a member of Cycle Toronto! www.cycleto.ca/join

Facebook Event Page: Bagels for Bike Lanes: Love-in at the Harbord Bakery.

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