I finally got around last night to biking down Dufferin and through the new Dufferin tunnel that eliminated the annoying jog along Gladstone. Not many positive things can be said about biking down Dufferin as a I rode my bike over potholes, beside high speed urban traffic on a badly lit road. The new tunnel offers a few seconds of bright, smooth peace and then spit me out into the edge of Parkdale. The tunnel just happens to be the only bike lane on Dufferin and in a wide area around it (you have to go to the Queensway or the Waterfront to find the others). This will improve slightly whenever the city gets around to installing the paint it had approved almost two years ago for the West End (mostly for sharrows and some signed routes).
Most media has focused on the better access for cars, but one can't deny that it makes things much better for transit (is there a possible Dufferin streetcar in the distant future?), pedestrians and cyclists. Now if they can just improve conditions for cyclists north and south of the tunnel so more cyclists will choose this route.