dandyhorse newsletter is here with a look ahead in the bike lane

The dandyhorse newsletter has arrived.

Our dandy newsletter recaps what we've been up to at dandyhorse for the last little while. This new year edition recaps our 2019 look ahead and our 2018 tally of bike lane installations. (Spoiler alert: There wasn't much to report on... unless you consider "more delays" as new news out of city hall.)

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A look at snow clearance in Toronto’s bike lanes

Snow clearance in the bike lane

End of January 2019 report

Words and pictures by Jun Nogami

This past Monday and Tuesday, Toronto was hit with the biggest single snowfall of the 2018-2019 winter season so far. The city's stated policy was to prioritize snow clearance on several bike routes in the downtown area. Given that it has been two days since the storm, we decided to take a look at how the city has been doing in keeping a few of their designated bike routes clear and safe.

First up, the Bloor bike lane.

Here, below you can see that although the bike lane has clearly been plowed, there is some snow present, and the car traffic lane is totally clear and looks more inviting.

A little further east, the bike lane starts looking impassable in sections. Continue reading

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More planning planned for 2019 in bike lanes


2019 looks like another dismal year for bike lane installations in Toronto

More planning planned for 2019

Bloor-Danforth expansion not included in planned installs

By Tammy Thorne

Almost three years ago the City of Calgary decided to install a grid of cycle tracks and bike lanes in its downtown core. Since then the number of people cycling has increased by about 40% and more women and children are using bikes to get around. That inspired Edmonton to install its own minimum grid of bike lanes. Meanwhile, New York City last year recorded the fewest traffic deaths in more than a century. This was thanks in large part to implementing a Vision Zero plan, which included lowering speed limits on most streets to 25 mph (40 km/h).

TORONTO WHERE YOU AT?

Here in Toronto we had more cycling deaths last year than in any year since 1998. Speed kills. Bike lanes make streets safer. These things we know. Yet, in 2018 only (literally) a few new bike lanes around York University and some in the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods were installed and in all cases, the lanes don’t have connections on arterial routes, or to other bike lanes, or, well, destinations. No new bike lanes were installed downtown last year except for a short, well-constructed two-way bike lane on Harbour and Lake Shore (pictured above).

And, it doesn’t look like we will fare much better in 2019.

The only new bike lane installs planned so far for 2019 are:

  • a bike lane on Bay from Front to Lakeshore;
  • a bike lane and cycle track on Christie from Bloor to Dupont;
  • a bike lane and sharrow combo on Peter / Blue Jays Way / Navy Wharf;
  • a cycle track on Scarlett Road from Bernice Crescent to Humber River;
  • and a bike lane on Willowdale Avenue from Empress to Finch Avenue.

That’s about 9 total kilometres for these new bike lanes projects. (Please note, we are not including the majority of contra-flow lane 'connectors' in our new bike lane counts.)

And, of course, we must discuss the elephant in the room.

BLOOR BIKE LANES

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WTF is up with the Bike Plan? Under 9 km installed 2018

Not quite 9 km of new bike lanes installed in Toronto in 2018

About the same planned for 2019

by Robert Zaichkowski and Albert Koehl 

This 750m bi-directional bike lane along Harbour-Lakeshore Blvd W. (between Bay and Rees Streets) was the only new downtown addition in 2018.

The final Bike Plan numbers are in for 2018 -- and they are not pretty. 

It’s hard to call 8.7 km of new bike lanes “progress” given our road network measures over 5,600 km. Almost three years into the new plan, we’re not much closer to achieving the 335 km of new on-road infrastructure to be installed in the ten-year timeframe. Yes, it takes time to plan new bike lanes, but it only takes seconds for a cyclist’s life to be violently ended. Five of our fellow city residents were killed --- the worst toll since amalgamation (1998) --- and many others have been seriously injured while riding bikes in the city last year. We need infrastructure - in the form of protected bike lanes that connect to each other - now.

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Bike Plan Tracking document revised January 2019

Bike Plan Tracking - Revised 20190112

Read the full story here:

WTF is up with the bike plan

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