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