I wonder if this is the work of the Urban Repair Squad?
See it here: chriskayTO
Checked with someone in the know - definitely not URS. Apparently they have a "trademark" symbol:
It might really be the city! Can it really be?
Okay... the photo of the sharrow with the stencil doesn't look like URS... but neither does the one immediately above this post. It could be the city... the stencil looks similar to the ones on Wellesley... but there's something off about it I can't place. :)
Here's hoping it's official. :)
Torontoist has another photo:
Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has just gained freshly painted sharrows on both sides of the street. From what we saw today on the recently renovated roadway, they seem to be doing their jobs already: motorists are giving cyclists a bit more space than usual, and cyclists have moved a bit more into the road rather than towards the curb. That the painted-on sharrows literally impress cyclists' place on the road will, as they spread around the city and along Bloor, hopefully go a long way towards changing everyone's attitudes towards who our streets belong to—the correct answer being everyone.
Torontoist just posted about this:
Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has just gained freshly painted sharrows on both sides of the street.
And, unless the city has changed their stencil, this does not look like the city stencil - which can be seen below:
In my post above, the sharrow pictured has the same look as the bike lane stencils along the roads of York University.
This is a sharrow on Wellesley east of Yonge.
The stencils are just heavy paper, so whatever company put these down (should they be contracted by the city) may just have newer, different stencils. Or be a completely different company altogether.
Here's a photo of the recent upgraded sharrows on Dundas over the Don River:
And here's a pic from Duncan's blog of the sharrows on Wellesley:
Ah... Duncan beat me to it on the Wellesley stencil. :)
OK, just sent Dan Egan (Toronto Manager of Cyclist and Pedestrian Infrastructure) an email asking him if the city installed them. In the past he's been pretty good about responding. My money's on the city's quietly installing them as saying "Bike" and "Bloor" in the same sentence fires a whole bunch of people up on all sides of not only the bike lane debate but now the Bryant case as well.
I'm betting that they aren't official. That pic from Torontoist has one of the wheels in the stencil looking all wonky, and official stencils are usually wonk-free. haha. :)
And, you know... anything like this would go through Public Works and Council meetings first and we probably would've seen some "War on the Car" articles referencing it. :)
Just heard back from Dan Egan:
That's awesome. :) Good to know I was wrong.
I'm sure some news people lurk on biking sites... and we'll see this in the press soon.
This city has to have every street sign in the same boring blue format.
But they already have 4 official sharrow stencil designs...
Hey Duncan... I just noticed that I posted the very same Torontoist article as you. Ha. Great minds think alike... or fools seldom differ? :)
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