A few notes on bike lane snow clearance in Toronto
by Jun Nogami
City TV just did a piece on snow clearance of bike lanes during the winter.
I thought I'd amplify my comments in that piece with a few pictures that I took yesterday, just after about 5 cm of snow fell overnight.
It is true that the city is doing a very good job of keeping the Bloor bike lane plowed and salted, as shown in this photo.
Illustration by Warren Wheeler
Tracking Toronto's Bike Plan Implementation (be prepared to be disappointed)
Only six percent of new bike plan implemented by end of year two
by Albert Koehl and Robert Zaichkowski
As 2018 begins, the cycling community can celebrate a number of new bike lanes installed last year – and celebrate we should, while continuing to push City Hall to bring a little more energy and ambition to the sluggish pace of implementation.
The Polite Pedallers
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~This story originally appeared in issue 5 of dandyhorse. ~
Dear Polite Pedallers,
There are some bicycle markings on the narrow part of College Street in Little Italy that appear to be directing me to ride in the middle of the lane.
I’ve learned they are called sharrows, and are meant to tell motorists to share the road, yet I seem to get a lot of dirty looks and close passes from motorists here during rush hour. Also, during some times of the day the sharrows have cars parked on top of them. What gives? Is there some kind of sharrow showdown going on in the city?
Signed, Wary of Sharing
Recently installed Denison contra-flow lane has...disappeared!
Spotted: Missing Bike Lanes!
Where: All over the city.
College St. bike lane is buried under snow.
When: After the first real snow fall this winter.
View From the Gutter
On the inconsistency of sharrows
Opinion by Jake Allderdice
~ Originally published in issue 4, spring 2010, of dandyhorse magazine ~
Back in 2009, a crew of Toronto city workers painted a row of bike stencils and chevrons along the gutter lane where Dundas East crosses the Don River. These “sharrows” —lanes or “rows” that are shared by both motorized vehicles and non-motorized traffic—have since popped up around the city.