Interesting google map mashup in the Star mapping out commuting mode share by postal code throughout Toronto. Have a look here.
I wonder if the BIAs have had a look at this, in particular when looking at a bike lane on Bloor. Let's have a look at car commuting along Bloor/Danforth, shall we?
M4K (Pape to Don Valley: 36.2% commute by car
M4X (Don Valley to Sherbourne (south side): 18.6%
M4W (North side of Bloor to just past Yonge - goes WAY north): 45.4%
M4Y (Sherbourne to Bay - south side): 16.1%
M5R (Yonge to Bathurst - North Side): 28.2%
M5S (Bay to Bathurst - South Side): 17.7%
M5G (Bathurst to Ossington - North/South Side): 32.6%
M6H (Ossington to just past Lansdowne): 35.0%
While the mode share is strongly leaning towards transit, there are significant numbers of cyclists and pedestrians as well there. In fact, between Yonge and Lansdowne, between 6-10% of people commute by bike with similar numbers of pedestrians.
All of the streets in the area have sidewalks even with such a 'low' mode share. Why can't we get a bike lane on Bloor?