Chris, above, said he thinks the new bike lane on Simcoe is great and uses it - and Bike Share - every day on his commute to work.
Bike Spotting at Simcoe and King
We asked: What do you think of the new bike lane on Simcoe?
Photos by Isabel Wu, Interviews by Tammy Thorne
There's a new bike lane on Simcoe! Part of the southbound bike lane is separated from moving traffic by parked cars - so that the bike lane itself is nestled between the sidewalk and parked cars. This has confused some cyclists and motorists, so the city has some large pylons in place for the time being in lieu of the permanent partitions - bollards - which will be coming soon. The northbound lane is a contraflow. This a very welcome addition to Toronto's bikeway network.
A pilot project for the Richmond-Adelaide bikeway includes protected bike lanes on Richmond (from Bathurst to York) and Adelaide (from Bathurst to Simcoe), as well as this new protected lanes on Simcoe, painted lanes on Peter and contraflow lanes on Phoebe and Stephanie. We hope the rest will be installed soon.
When we arrived at 4 p.m. we counted six cars parked in this new bike lane (photos at bottom) but once people started leaving work the streets were totally teeming with two-wheelers... and they all thought this new bike lane was a great addition to the downtown core. Read more about what they had to say below.
Camille: The new bike lane is friggin’ awesome! I bike to work every day and I was using York and when I first started working down here Simcoe was under construction, but now I’ll never take York again. York is so bumpy I broke my bike seat. This new lane is cool because we can go up it as well as down. The cars make me really mad, parking in the bike lane. Someone pulled over right in front of me and I thought maybe they were turning but then they parked right in front of me.
Mike: Those pylons confused me so I’ve been going around them [riding on the outside of the pylons in the middle of the lane]. I didn’t think it was finished yet. [Oh, if that’s the bike lane then] I guess the drivers need more information. Any additional bike lane; I’m in favour of.
Chris: It's great! I use it every day to commute to work. Bike Share is great for me because I have one right in front of my condo and one right outside my office.
Mark: This bike lane is great. I use it pretty much every day to commute. I really like it.
Maggie: I like every bike lane – we need more – but haven’t had the chance to use the Simcoe one yet. Every bike lane is great.
Jesse: Why not put a bike lane here on King?
Jesse is pictured on King with a streetcar and a taxi in background and believes the arterial streets should have bike lanes.
While photographer Isabel Wu (visiting from Vancouver) wondered why King isn't a transit-and-pedestrian priority street.
In the meantime, we really hope the City is able to provide enforcement against parking in this new fab bike lane! Here are a few photos of some cars that were parked in the bike lane on Simcoe on Tuesday afternoon: Just to really drive that point home! Enjoy! (iPhone photos by Tammy Thorne.)
Isabel Wu, was born and raised in Vancouver, and is currently in school for broadcast and video production at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She thinks the best part about cycling is being able to feel the wind wrap around her. "Cycling gives me the closest experience I would have to flying - and that's special."
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