While looking over the Toronto Cycling Map I noticed a brief description of contra-flow bike lanes. I had no idea Toronto had any of these... turns out there are two. So I paid a short visit to one just the other day:
Currently, amid the abundance of one-way streets in Toronto there are just two contra-flow bike lanes. Contra-flow bike lanes allow cyclists to go against the grain of car traffic, something I'm certain many people including myself would like to see more of in the downtown core.
One of these lanes is in Riverdale and runs along Strathcona Avenue helping to lead cyclists eastbound from Withrow Park before ending at Jones Avenue. The second lane, one I took a quick ride along on a quiet afternoon, runs north from Harbord Street up to Bloor Street West along Montrose Avenue just east of Bickford Park.
When you reach Harbord on Montrose, ready to head north, you're greeted with the signs pictured below:
You can read the rest of my story at Duncan's City Ride.
Do you think we could use more contra-flow bike lanes in Toronto? Where would you like to see them in use?