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Another East West Corridor that needs some signage changes to make it really work for cyclists

May 7, 2010 @ 17:57

#TransitCity is a visionary transportation strategy that the city of Toronto is asking for input on. This map high lights some problem areas along a route that has several bike paths already installed, but needs more added to connect them – and some changes made to one ways to make it really useful to cyclists.

Pretty good so far - but could use some 'bettering'.

Pretty good so far - but could use some 'bettering'.

To make this route great the following changes would draw cyclists off the main roads.

1. The biggy: Can we build a bridge from Wallace Ave. across the railway lands to Dundas West above Bloor that would connect via Glenlake Ave. to Keele and beyond? A nice sloping beautiful modern suspension bridge that one can cycle up – big enough for two lanes of bicycle traffic?

2. If Yarmouth Rd. was two way bicycle traffic you could connect Hallam to Barton Ave via Palmerston, thus avoiding Dufferin St..

3. Can we agree to change Lowther (one way) to two way bike traffic between Spadina Rd. and Huron St. – to then connect to Prince Arthur Ave.?

4. Prince Arthur east bound, south a bit on Avenue Rd. to Cumberland is a hellishly dangerous zig zag for this route. If you wait for the lights at Bloor to change you can do it. I don’t know what to suggest, just an FYI. Cumberland at Yonge zig zag to Asquith Ave is evil as well, and the traffic never seems to stop there. It’s worse than the Avenue Rd. problem above.

5. Can we make Cambridge Ave just east of the Bloor Viaduct north off Bloor St. East viaduct a bicycle – two way?

With these mostly cosmetic changes (aside from the bridge that would connect this corridor to the Humber Valley trail system and Etobicoke), we could build a really good east west corridor that is safe, beautiful and quiet.

Go to: “Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project” Map.
Click here to see an interactive ‘Google Map’ of the route, at the “Sport Distance Calculator”.

Michael Holloway

Posted: May 7th, 2010
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