Removal of Jarvis bike lanes slated to begin on Monday
City Centre Mirror
Jarvis Street’s short and tumultuous affair with bike lanes will finally come to an end next week, as city workers begin to erase the lanes between Queen Street East and Bloor Street.
When the work is done, Jarvis Street will be restored to its former state of five lanes — with one lane reversible in the centre.
Prior to 2010, the reversible centre lane was a feature unique to Jarvis Street.
Once reinstated, the lane will operate from 3:40 p.m. To 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday in a northbound direction. It will operate as a southbound lane at all other times.
The decision to get rid of the bike lanes and go back to the old system was made by council in 2011. Doing so will cost just under $300,000.
Councillors who supported the reversal maintained that putting the bike lanes in was a bad and politically-driven decision — although according to a city staff report, the traffic impacts of putting the lanes in place were negligible.
Supporters of the lanes attempted this fall to re-open the matter in order to keep the lanes in place, but were thwarted at council.
Similarly, a legal challenge by the cycling advocacy group Cycle Toronto, to attempt to force an environmental assessment on the change, failed.
The repainting of the road is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 12. However, according to a notice issued Friday, Nov. 9, the schedule will depend on weather. The work is expected to be completed in early December.