Big ups to Councillor Paula Fletcher, who has requested that those awesome jersey barriers that have separated the eastbound viaduct bikelanes from car traffic (above) during a period of construction STAY for all of Bike Month, so city staff can study the impact of the jersey barriers from now until June 25th.
Construction work related to the Luminous Veil Lighting Project on the Prince Edward/Bloor Viaduct has required the installation of jersey barriers to create a physically separated bicycle lane. The positioning of the jersey barriers has created an optimal, physically separated, bike lane in the east bound direction on the Viaduct and made entering and exiting the Viaduct safer for cyclists.
This is an ideal opportunity for staff to study the impacts of the physical separation on the Viaduct. Staff were directed by Council in 2011 to separate the Bloor St E bicycle lanes, but reported that bollards could not be drilled into the bridge deck as it would compromise the bridge membrane. Jersey barriers were not explored as an option at that time.