Photo via The City of Toronto
The City is doing it's best to keep priority lanes clear this winter.
By Taylor Moyle
This winter, City of Toronto staff have been tasked with clearing certain “priority” bike lanes -- with mixed results. Bikers aren’t completely happy with the still-messy conditions in the bike lane, but the City is trying.
Bike lane maintenance has become a big issue in this city because people are actually using the bike lanes. In January, volunteers counted almost 2,000 trips per week on the new Bloor bike lane.
One of the biggest issues with the snow clearance is that snowbanks are being created at bike lane intersections after the plows (or cars from side streets) go through, which makes it unsafe for cyclists. Joey Schwartz says these messy intersections might be a deterrent for other cyclists, but not for him -- he rides every day.