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Update on Bloor Bike Lane Pilot

13 Mar 2017 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The first update on the Bloor  bike lane pilot was released by City Hall last week. There were some encouraging numbers for residents who use bicycles to get around, and indications that some changes need to be made. Here are some of the findings:

  • ·       64% of local residents support the bike lane.
  • ·       53% of local merchants support the bike lane. 41% are opposed. 
  • ·       63% of motorists say they now feel comfortable driving beside cyclists (compared to 14% before the bike lane).
  • ·       There has been a 36% increase in cyclists since bike lane was installed
  • ·       There are 4,500 fewer cars driving along Bloor Street every day.

The report indicated that adjustments will be made at problem intersections like Bathurst and Avenue Rd. to address the increased travel times for cars that have occurred during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

We have heard anecdotally that some Bloor motorists may now be using Lowther to get through the Annex. This information should be conveyed to the City using the on-line Bike lane survey http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/bloor2016/.

The City will do additional counts of the bike and car traffic during the coming months. Staff are also reviewing data about near-miss collisions to see how safety might be improved for all road users. The full report is available at: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=18ccded2f6711510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

For a more complete review of recent developments see dandyhorse magazine, online at:  http://dandyhorsemagazine.com/blog/2017/02/27/pride-and-privilege-on-bloor/

If you have any questions please contact transportation@theara.org

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