Bayview Avenue is making a small step, at least politically, towards bike friendliness. Local cyclists, including those from the Sunnybrook hospital BUG, ICES, have been discussing the needs of the area with staff and the city councillor, Cliff Jenkins. Less than a month ago, a cyclist died in a collision on Bayview Avenue. Daniel Egan has reported back to the local cyclists that Bayview Avenue is being "considered" for bike lanes next year. In his words:
"In fact, Bayview is in the Bike Plan and we are considering including it in next year's program."
While it's not news that Bayview is "in the bike plan", it is significant that it is being considered for the 2008 program. Does this mean the design will begin then, or the installation?
Bayview Avenue is a particularly important piece of the bicycle network because of the lack of 401 crossings and the lack of useful neighbourhood streets. Not only is Bayview used for north-south routes, but cyclists heading east and west are forced to use Bayview to get around Bridle Path and Sunnybrook Hospital.