Sign the separated bike lanes petition if you are interested in seeing a leap forward in appropriate infrastructure for cyclists downtown. Councillor Minnan-Wong, head of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, had presented the idea to the media last month. It's not a done deal by any means since local Councillor Vaughan and residents need to be on side, and some public consultation is already going on to change some streets such as Richmond/Adelaide. The petition calls for pilot projects to being in 2011. If that is politically possible it would give us a good idea of the options and would be reversible if not a good idea.
The final plan might look sort of what is described here and here. There will be plenty of time and space for public consultation to figure out the exact details, so sign if you approve of this in principal.
To: All City Councillors and Mayor's Office
I support the immediate implementation of a connected separated bicycle lane infrastructure with pilot projects beginning in 2011. This single step can greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of Toronto streets at a very low cost.
I support the proposed plan for lanes to be installed along Sherbourne, Wellesley/Harbord, St George/Beverley/John/Simcoe, and Richmond to provide a completed circuit around the downtown core.
Separated bicycle lanes have been proven to be a low cost way to improve roadway efficiency for all street users. They will protect thousands of Toronto cyclists from collision with automobiles and while also further protecting pedestrians by creating a safe barrier between automobiles and the sometimes tight sidewalk spaces. Separated lanes reduce the perceived need for cyclists to ride on sidewalks out of self-preservation. More Torontonians will feel safe cycling, adding to the cities transit infrastructure capacity with minimal capital investments.