Sheppard LRT and cycling
The Sheppard LRT will become a reality - and there are new opportunities for the use of bikes.
Traveling in the burbs by TTC is a bit different from down town. Typically travel distances are longer, service is less frequent and the walk to/from the TTC stop usually takes significant time. Here are some ideas how bikes can help:
- let's advocate that the bike is used to get from the door to the RT stop, thus reducing a 10 to 20 minute walk to 2 to 5 minute bike ride. That's a twenty minutes gain, per day.
- point out that the bike can be used to avoid a transfer - transfers involve waiting for the connecting bus/LRT and thus waste one's time. For example, to get from my home to Sheppard, I could use the Brimley bus to get me down to Sheppard. That's a walk to Brimley of about 10 minutes, waiting for the bus for 5 minutes if I time it right, travel 6 minutes to Sheppard and then wait again for the LRT. Total time is about 21 minutes which I could reduce to a five-minute bike ride.
- point out the usual health benefits - a daily stint on the bike can replace some of the formal efforts to a fitness club and thus save time and money
What we should be asking for:
* sufficient bike parking at the LRT stops. We need a safe place where we can leave the bikes for the day
* create safe routes from the residential areas down to the LRT stops. This could be accomplishes by designation streets for that purpose and make those routes safer: either by lowering the speed limits there, by using existing multi-use trails or even installing bike lanes.
* a promotion program to get the idea of combining bike use and TTC to the commuter's advantage. Without actual promotion things change too slowly and the benefits will not be realized...