On Monday, the City of Toronto presented 3 possible alternatives for a new King Street downtown, with the goal of making King St better for transit and people, with the realization that private automobiles are the LEAST efficient way of moving people.
I’ve embedded the full presentation below for you, but near the end, you’ll find the 3 alternatives:
Option B1 (Alternating Loops) – cyclists share a vehicle lane with cars
Option B2 (Cycling Infrastructure) – cyclists alternate between sharing vehicle lane with cars for a block and then having “cycling infrastructure” replacing public realm for a block. (I think this says a bike lane would exist INSTEAD of wider sidewalks
Option C (Transit Promenade) – cyclists would have part of the “public realm”, splitting it with pedestrians, on both sides of King (does this mean bike lanes? it’s unclear)
I don’t really know what’s preferable for cyclists of the above 3. Well, definitely not sharing space with cars.
However, I think ALL 3 would work in drastically reducing the use of King St. by private automobiles, automatically making the street much safer for cyclists… as long as we don’t have to constantly ride on/over the streetcar tracks.
What do you think? Leave your comment below.