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
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.
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…
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).
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.
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More info from the City of Toronto: