Great to hear the city has been working on guidelines for temporary bike lanes around construction sites.
There is basically nothing about providing a safe surface for temporary bike lanes (or lanes that have been torn up by construction crews / hydro crews / enbridge crews) – anyone who has ridden on Wellesley East or Richmond in the past year knows that those lanes, while “open”, have been an absolute hellscape.
The principles include trying to keep bicycle lanes open if possible, and making sure temporary bike lanes are far enough away from cars to reduce risk of “dooring.”
Claire McFarlane, cofounder of a Toronto group called Bad Girls Bike Club that aims to make women and girls more comfortable on two wheels, said she’s encountered bike lanes shut for months at a time.
“Cyclists are such a growing demographic of people, it just makes sense that the city would sort of take us into consideration,” she said.
“They would never just completely shut down a sidewalk and expect people to walk on the road.”