Toronto Bicycle Lanes Eliminated

Update: see previous posts – July 9, 2011 Cyclists Continue Riding the Wrong Way on a One-Way Street (Huron Street), July 8, 2011 Toronto Police to Ticket Cyclists and Motor Vehicles Ignoring Cyclist’s Space, July 7, 2011 Careless Driving Causing Death?, May 4, 2011 Police Charge Parent of Young Cyclist Not Wearing His Bicycle Helmet, May 2, 2011 Cyclist on Powered-Assisted Bicycle Charged with Not Wearing a Helmet and Impaired Driving, March 9, 2011 Cyclist Launches 20 Million Lawsuit against Cycling Club & Association, January 27, 2011 Time to Update the Cycling Laws in Toronto & Ontario?, January 8, 2011 Toronto is Ready to Invest in the Safety of Cyclists,December 22, 2010   Toronto’s First Count of Downtown Cyclists (Sept. 2010) , November 8, 2010 Week Long Pedestrian Safety Campaign/Blitz, October 10, 2010 Bike Boxes , September 16, 2010 Private Member’s Bill requires a minimum of one metre paved shoulder be added whenever designated provincial highways are repaved to reduce accidents/fatalities , August 26, 2010 Police Lay 400 Charges Against Cyclists/Pedestrians , May 19, 2010 Motorists Must Stay 3,4 or 5 Feet Away from Bicyclists , March 29, 2010 Toronto’s Zero-Tolerance Bicycle Blitz , November 16, 2009 Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians – Toronto (2008) , October 12, 2009 Idaho Stop Law , September 7, 2009 Toronto Police Bicycle Safety Blitz , March 21, 2009 Bicycle Accidents Toronto, Reported in 2008 , December 20, 2008 City of Toronto Considering Installing “Rumble Strips”

painted bicycle lane

The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford supporting creating a network of off road bicycle and mulit-use trails, segregated from the roads and streets of Toronto, that spans 100 kilometres through the city.

One person that wanted the bike lanes removed from Birchmont Rd and Pharmacy Ave was Toronto city councillor Michelle Berardinetti Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest; she received her wish

The debate took two (2) days (even though only one was scheduled) before the Toronto City council voted 28-9 today to remove painted bicycle lanes from Birchmount Road, Jarvis Street and Pharmacy Avenue.

Instead, the City will provide a bicycle lane on Sherbourne Street separated by a concrete barrier.

Jarvis, however, was given a temporary reprieve.  The Jarvis Street painted bicycle lanes were introduced a year ago after much debate and at a cost of $75,000.00.  It is estimated that removing it will cost alot more – about $200,000.00

Council did agree to maintain the painted bicycle lane on Jarvis Street, until a dedicated/segregated bike lane, separated by a concrete barrier on Sherbourne Street sometime next year.

Council voted in favour of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to replace the painted lanes on Jarvis, Birchmount Road and Pharmacy Avenue with a lane on Sherbourne Street separated by a concrete barrier.

Bikeway Network project status

Bike LaneThe City of Toronto is working to expand its Network of bicycle lanes, sharrows, off-road trails and signed routes. Track the status of projects here, from the approval stages to installation.

Status of the Bikeway Network
Bikeway typePlanned*Existing**
* City of Toronto Bike Plan, 2001
** Updated November 30, 2010
Bike lanes495116.8
Shared roadways260145.2
Off-road paths249168.1
Total1,004430.1

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