The contentious Jarvis bike lanes should be operational by the end of July. Transportation Services will be removing the reversible centre lane and hardware starting Friday July 16. Depending on who you are this will either be the end of the world as we know it, or a small addition to a street network that is safer for cyclists.
Read more about the Jarvis Streetscape improvements, and read the press release:
July 14, 2010
Installation of bike lanes on Jarvis Street begins this Friday
The City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division will begin the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis Street (from Queen Street East to Charles Street) on Friday, July 16, continuing until late July.
As a result of this work, Jarvis Street will be transformed from five lanes of traffic to four, with two bicycle lanes. In order to undertake this work safely, a series of partial road closures and lane reductions will be required.
The following is a summary of the work:
Friday, July 16 - The removal of pay-and-display parking machines and the installation of no-stopping regulations on the roadway will occur.
Friday, July 16 (evening) - The centre reversible lane will be taken out of operation in both directions.
Saturday, July 17 or Sunday, July 18 (weather permitting) - Temporary pavement markings will be installed to mark the closure of the centre lane. This work will take place during the evening.
Week of July 19 - Pre-marking of bike lanes and the removal of the reversible lane hardware and signage will occur.
Saturday, July 24 and/or Sunday, July 25 (weather permitting) - A series of rolling closures of sections of Jarvis Street will take place in order to install new bike lane markings and simultaneously remove the existing markings.
Week of July 26 - The bicycle and diamond symbols will be installed in the bike lanes. This will result in some localized curb lane closures in off-peak hours.
The bike lanes were approved by Toronto City Council in 2009 following an environmental assessment for Jarvis Street. Further updates on the project can be found on the City’s cycling website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.
Further information about other road closures is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets.