As with most of my trips to new bike lanes in Toronto, I approached the new Simcoe Street underpass on a day when no one was around.
Prior to completion, an article in the National Post from October, 2008, makes no mention of cyclists or bike lanes. But really, who is thinking about cycling at the beginning of winter? The article addresses the ability of condo residents to walk to work or quickly access trains using the underpass and, as councillor Adam Vaughan stated:
“The biggest impediment to get people down to the waterfront is ... the [lack of] north-south connections, especially ones that are pedestrian-friendly,” Mr. Vaughan said. “It gives that possibility of accidentally ending up at the waterfront.”
Now that construction is finished, the addition of bike lanes here provide another option aside from driving, walking or taking transit through this area.
Have you been on the new bike lane on Simcoe Street? What do you think of this addition?