Downtown Bike Lanes Back on City Hall Burner
Listening to 680 News this morning, one was surprised by this item:
*TORONTO, Ont. - Bike lanes are back on road to City Hall as the mayor considers separating them from car traffic with curbs.
The new plan, being designed by Public Works committee chair Denzil Minnan-Wong, calls for a connected network of curbed cycling routes along busy downtown roadways like Sherbourne, Wellesley and Richmond streets.
He told 680News the lanes would be parallel to the sidewalk with a curb between the lane and traffic.
"It doesn't conflict with cars, it's not like University Avenue or Jarvis [Street], those bike plans ... didn't connect with the network, you couldn't go anywhere from there," he said.
"They don't conflict with vehicular traffic because you're not taking out a lane on a vehicle that is used by cars as a major arterial road to get in and out of the city."
Minnan-Wong said the mayor is not opposed to protected and curbed bike lanes, and added that the curbed portion is "critical."
"The curbed part is essential, separating out the cyclist from the driver, so we don't have accidents and we don't have injuries and fatalities," he said.
He plans to bring his concept to council by the spring and if passed, could be under construction by the end of this year.
*Hrm. Our hero from the 'Burbs, Councillor Minnan-Wong. Who would have guessed?
Now, my questions: what about intersections? How do we keep the cyclists and drivers separate in the area where most collisions occur? How do the curbs NOT conflict with cars seeking to pull over? Which Arterial road is NOT used to get in and out of the city!?
I'm sorry, but I just don't see the benefits, and worry that cyclists are going to become even more physically separated from reality.
Would be great to see comments from riders.