Image by &Co. architects from our spring 2010 issue.
A Do-able Danforth
A safer route for cyclists means a stronger community
By Steve Brearton
~This story originally appeared in our spring 2010 issue. You can buy it here.~
The Danforth remains a vivid reminder of Metro Toronto’s legacy to cyclists and pedestrians: multi-lane, high-speed corridors amidst our city’s residential neighbourhoods.
The challenge has always been to recreate these routes into friendly, safe environments that serve transportation options beyond motor vehicles and return the streets to residents who live adjacent for shopping and socializing in their community.
In this picture, Ladan Dana from &Co Architects has redesigned the intersection of Danforth and Monarch Park avenues to integrate a continuous bicycle lane, bike boxes with stop lines in advance of cars and ample on-street bike parking. On pages 18 and 26, &Co explores car-free streets and commuting routes that truly accommodate all road users.
This representation, &Co Architects reminds us, isn’t a professional recommendation they would design for a current client, but an exploration into possible futures for the site.
Regardless, it provides an antidote to car-centric design that all cyclists can embrace.
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