Bike Spotting for Bikeability in Toronto Pt. II: Promo for Safety Issue
dandyhorse’s Safety Issue isn’t due out until later this month, but here’s a sneak peek to tide you over until then.
For this Bike Spotting series we talked to cyclists at Bayview and Blythwood, in the Junction Triangle, Queen and Cameron, York University, the Danforth and Chester, Regent Park and Queen and Dufferin, to hear some of the safety concerns cyclists throughout the city have.
We asked: Do you feel safe biking here? What would you to to make it safer?
These Bike Spottings were done to compliment original research by U of T on bikeable neighbourhoods in the city, which will be featured in our new issue.
Also see our roundup of the Best of Bike Spotting with Safety in Focus.
Interviews by Sarah Greene and Amelia Brown
Anthony Bloch (Sunnybrook Hospital, Bayview and Blythwood) Photo by Tammy Thorne
Yes, I feel safe here. There are worse places like downtown and York Mills and Yonge. I like it here because it’s flat, there are no crazy uphills or downhills. I actually live in Thornhill and I prefer taking Bayview. To make it safer they could put bike lanes everywhere, otherwise it’s fine.
Allar Vii (The Big Carrot, Chester and The Danforth) Photo by Yvonne Bambrick
I’ve been riding here for 57 years. But of course, bike paths are the best. I don’t see how you can put one on the Danforth, but anything’s possible. You’d have to lose a lane of traffic and then lose parking, and then everybody’s upset.
Alex Killoch (The Junction Triangle, Dupont and Dundas) Photo by Vic Gedris
This intersection is alright, it’s controlled. If you do what you’re supposed to you’re okay. Most people don’t do what they’re supposed to though. I don’t think they can make it safer for cyclists. I think the cyclists need to be changed. I see lots of people, even cyclists, running the lights here.
Damion Ketchum (Regent Park) Photo by Yvonne Bambrick
I feel fairly safe, I’ve been biking along this corridor for six or seven years, so I’m used to it. I probably helped to trail blaze a lot of the awareness about biking down this corridor. I live in Scarborough. This is part of my commute. Of my commute, this is probably medium risk. The least risky is east of here, where we have bike lanes on Dundas east of the Don. Then I start going up Kingston Road, which goes uphill and is a little more dangerous.
Anthony Dineen (York University, The Pond and Sentinel) Photo by Heather Reid
On campus it’s fine because I’m usually the one who’s going to be hitting another person. I’ve only been hit once by a car, but that was on Steeles when there was no bike lane. When I’m travelling on Sentinel with the bike lane it’s fine, as long as you’re aware of the idiots on the road, essentially. But yeah, I generally feel safe.
I’d say more bike lanes on major routes would probably be the simplest way to make it safer.
Christopher Yarnell (Sunnybrook Hospital, Bayview and Blythwood) Photo by Tammy Thorne
At this time of day on Bayview it’s a little harried. There’s a lot of traffic, and cars are sometimes reluctant to leave you very much room when they pass you. When there’s construction happening, the way they put the cones at the edge of the lane, is such that you’re forced into a one-lane situation on Bayview, even though there’s pavement that’s not being used by the construction workers -which you could easily bike in, that wouldn’t push you into the flow of traffic. I think in general it reflects an attitude of prioritizing cars over bikes. Like somehow when push comes to shove the bike is the one that doesn’t belong, which I think is not reasonable.
It would be nice to have bike lanes on Bayview. It would be nice to have bike lanes everywhere. There’s really no legitimate north-south bike lane route in this area of the city.
Special thanks to Vic Gedris, Heather Reid and Yvonne Bambrick. If you’d like to see more of their beautiful photos, buy the Safety issue of dandyhorse.
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