Photo of the Queen's Park Cycle Track getting built courtesy of the City of Toronto.
How Bike Lanes Get Installed in Toronto
By Claire McFarlane
This story was originally published on Torontoist.
From a distance, installing bike lanes might seem as simple as bucket of paint and a ruler, but the reality is different.
“Some people don’t realize how much goes into it, you can’t just go out and paint it,” City cycling manager Jacquelyn Hayward-Gulati told Torontoist.
In the research phase, the curb-to-curb distance on a street is measured in order to determine what kind of cycling infrastructure can be accommodated, whether it be a cycle track (separated from vehicle traffic), a designated lane, or sharrows. The traffic right of way and the connectivity to other bike lanes are also considered. Traffic volume counts are conducted mid-block and traffic turning patterns are also analyzed. Increasingly, the City counts the number of cyclists using a roadway before infrastructure is implemented and after it has been built in order to determine how a lane or cycle track affects bike traffic.
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