Bike Spotting for Bikeability in Toronto Pt. IV: Promo for Safety Issue
This selection of Bike Spotting was done as anecdotal evidence to support a larger feature in our Safety issue. These Bike Spotting profiles are outtakes from the ones that were printed beside research by U of T that maps out Toronto’s wards in terms of bikeability.
We talked to cyclists at Bayview and Blythwood, Dupont 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?
Also see our roundup of the Best of Bike Spotting with Safety in Focus.
Interviews by Sarah Greene and Amelia Brown
Compared with the University and Yonge area I feel safe here. But I’m a very defensive cyclist. University and Queen is awful. Usually I bike along King, and King is a bit rough. Bike lanes improve safety. But I think education for motorists (and cyclists!) about how bike lanes work is more important.
It appears to me that cycling safety and cycling etiquette information has to be sought out. There has been no effective initiative from the government nor cycling communities to provide this information to those who ride regularly, but do not identify as cycling enthusiasts. I think reaching this large demographic is key to the safety of everyone. Lines in the road can only do so much, people need to understand what those lines mean and what needs to happen within those confines for them to be truly effective.
There’s a bit of gravel, they’re constructing some condos or something. They’re dumping gravel where the bus stop is at the institute for the blind [CNIB]. But other than that, I’ve been pretty lucky so far, no major complaints. Most of the time it’s pretty fine.
How safe I feel depends where I am. I definitely don’t feel safe on King Street or Dufferin. I think Queen Street could be more bike-friendly, but overall as long as I have my wits about me, I feel okay. On Queen there’s so much bike traffic that folks are generally used to it. But you still do have to be really attentive about car doors.
Adding bike lanes is a good start to make roads safer. I think bike lanes would be a really great thing.
Obviously it would be safer if the city gave us a little bit of dedicated space. It’s a very wide street, so I think it’s possible here.
Yeah, sure. I’m a pretty athletic guy so I’m not too afraid of potential hazards or dangerous people. I’d only commute by bike during the day though. Obviously there are not enough by-standers or people to spectate potential hazards. Honestly, to make it safe you need designated bike lanes, but that’s impossible because the structures prevent it. Other than that it’s okay, but it’s not made for cyclists.
I don’t like biking on Eglinton, but Bayview is okay. There are a lot of trucks on Eglinton, and at the DVP ramps they get too close. Obviously lanes would make everything a lot better here.
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