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TransitCity faces Challenges creating Meaningful Bicycle Commute Corridors through the Core

Apr 22, 2010 @ 14:51

On April 15th @bikerooTO and @JoFergs were talking on Twitter about #TransitCity, and specifically how bike corridors both north/south and east/west through the core were absent from the plan. This map illustrates where one big problem lies.

A way up the east side of the core. Notice the big problem just above bloor to just below St Clair, that's Mt Pleasant which is a hyway and a kill zone for bikes.

A way up the east side of the core. Notice the big problem just above Bloor to just below St Clair, that's Mt Pleasant which is a 'highway', and a 'kill zone' for cyclists.

The squiggly route through Rosedale is a product of the Great Don River taking a huge slice out of it’s flood plain as it dog-legs above Bloor. The roads in the area reflect that topography.

Several man-made barriers also present barriers to safe cycling.

  • Mt. Pleasant Blvd. is a highway and is not for bikes. Cars power down that hill that starts under 777 Jarvis.
  • The lack of a tunnel or a bridge across the railway tracks at the north end of Rosedale force bicycles out of the safe quiet side streets, and on to harrowing Yonge.

I think the east side of the core is uniquely suited for a commuter cycling corridor, a ‘super safeway’ for bikes (a shady pleasant ‘few-car’ route north and south that will ‘quiet’ neighborhood streets and increase property values).

This route has been added to the Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki, Sherbourne and Queen’s Quay to Eglington and Mt. Pleasant.
Next week: I’ve got in mind an east/west route through the top of the core just north of Bloor Street West, Dufferin to Sherbourne that I always use during business hours.

Michael



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