Lack of safety for cyclists as fixing Queen Street is started
Queen Street may be starting to get its own well-deserved fix-up starting with the sidewalks west of Dufferin, yet it looks like cyclists will have to put up with passing dangerously past construction sites. The photo above by Hamish Wilson shows the typical Toronto construction site with barriers set up to force cyclists into the middle of the streetcar tracks. When they do consider the safety of cyclists, construction companies will illegally place signs that tell cyclists to dismount and walk their bikes. Note how the cyclists above have chosen to actually bike within the construction site where they are able.
In Hamish's own words:
It's truly delightful that some of the roughest road in core TO may finally be getting fixed up, starting with the north-side sidewalks on Queen St. W., west of Dufferin.
But once again, there's a lack of signage and a distinct lack of safety for cyclists, especially with the streetcar tracks.
The use of barricading fencing does delineate, but it seems that it's only as far out as it is for a construction vehicle which is only used for a bit, and surely there might be narrower loaders etc. to help haul the tonnage out, although there is need for room for the pedestrians/public that's true, when the materials are being moved. But the effect of the taking of the absolutely fullest extent of the lane to the edge of the streetcar track concrete is to put cyclists into tight spaces with streetcar track hazards, or to help them feel they can squeeze themselves onto sidewalks or between cars.
So the signage is again inadequate in terms of warning of construction and hazards, including streetcar tracks, and I'm also thinking that there could well be a way to shrink the total space being worked upon to allow for safer passage of cyclists around/over the streetcar tracks, especially in non-wrok hours, and I am happily suggesting that if anyone gets hurt there's absolutely an element of liability back onto the City for once again missing cycling safety on this vital link. (Then there's coordinating it with the other Dundas St. W. work - ie. it's not co-ordinated to have two main routes messed up).