Bike Spotting: Sherbourne and Queen

Sherbourne (just north of Queen at Moss Park)

We asked: what do you think of the new bike lane on Sherbourne?

Photos by Tammy Thorne/interviews by Sarah Greene

Edwin David

Of course I like it. I’m just wondering how they are going to clear the snow in winter. It’s very good except every now and then you can see cars that are parked on it.

Sarah Gates

This is my first time taking Sherbourne where it’s been the elevated and I felt very safe and comfortable. The pavement is smooth and I didn’t have to worry about any dips and veering out to avoid the catch basins and potholes. It’s great, aside from the construction…

Rick Collins

I love the pavement, because it’s actually smooth compared to what it used to be like. But, do I feel more protected from the traffic by a green stripe and a white stripe than just the white stripe alone? No. I mean, I would have been perfectly happy with them to just properly pave the bike lane and leave it as it was. Whatever it cost to do this was not worth it because they described it as physically separated bike lane and…that green stripe and little bit of concrete is not going to prevent the usual: delivery vehicles, people dropping off their kids, or stopping to run into the store.

Maybe the extra width in that green stripe will scare a few people from parking on it or swerving into it – I doubt it, but I’ll hope for the best. Really, the only obvious upside is that we’ve got nice, smooth, safe pavement, and we’re not dodging potholes.

Until they open the northbound lane on Sherbourne I take Jarvis, and I take the lane. But during rush hour going southbound I’m willing to go an extra few blocks (for the safety of the Sherbourne lane).

Daniel O’Brien

It’s absolutely gorgeous. The best pavement in the city. It’s such a delight to not have to worry about cars coming in from the left. Now there have been a lot of cars pulling over and putting on their hazards and parking on it. The section just between College and Wellesley is particularly bad, so I use the roadway a lot there because it’s being overused for car parking, but they’ll learn in time.

I’m a little confused about how we’re meant to operate when the bus pulls up, I guess the bikes stop when the bus is there, and the pedestrians go into the yellow box.

To answer Daniel’s question – see this design image below fro the City of Toronto. The TTC loading zone is referred to a “mixing area” and yes, cyclists must yield to pedestrians.


Related on the dandyBLOG:

Bike Spotting: What is it like biking on Sherbourne Street?

Bike Spotting: What do you think of the bike bumps on Roncey?

Bike Spotting: What’s it like biking on Jarvis? (Do you know that City Hall voted to remove this bike lane?)

More info from the City of Toronto:




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One response to “Bike Spotting: Sherbourne and Queen”

  1. Van Dude says:

    Okay, so from a Vancouverite’s perspective, this has some old fashioned design elements. It looks like it’s from the ’90s and the rest of the world has moved on to more separation. It’s what they gave you in a hostile political environment so it’s a good step. Now you can use it and it’s an improvement but they need feedback. Tell the engineering department what’s working for you and what’s not. You don’t want them to do the same type of path elsewhere.

    I think that the track being mountable by motor vehicles is a huge flaw and their excuse for it is unfounded.
    The other flaw is the bus stop. The cycle track should go behind the bus stop. People have more time to wait for someone cycling when the bus is not sitting there. They can use that time to look out and cross it. With this configuration they cross the cycle path when the bus is there, of course in a hurry and not looking out. This will make the bus goers behave unpredictably from the point of view of someone cycling.

    But it is a step in the right direction and everyone needs to be applauded for it.

    Now is when to start talking and building relationships with people that may become your future councillors. They need to know that there’s a voting demographic that is currently unserved.

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