Toronto council has approved the construction of separated bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue and along Corley Avenue, a residential street in the Beach area.
The lanes are the first separated bike lanes east of the Don Valley Parkway, and will run from O'Connor Drive in East York to Queen Street East in the Beach on Woodbine Avenue. In addition, bike lanes will be installed on the one-way Corley Avenue.
It was this short spur of bike lane that was the focus of debate at the Oct. 7 council meeting, when Etobicoke Centre Councillor Stephen Holyday moved to send that element of the bike plan back for a report.
At issue for Holyday was the fact that the bike lane passed an elementary school and would mean that the drop-off for students would be on the opposite side of the road.
“I have an issue with this one, we are disrupting something related to safety,” Holyday said. “We're going to demand children that didn't have to cross a road to cross a street. This motion isn't to quash the project but to put the report back to staff to have a second look and find out if there was a better way to have this done.”
Local Beaches-East York Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon dismissed Holyday's worries.
“I'm the local councillor, I live in the area, I do extensive outreach, especially with bicycle lanes because I know there are differing opinions.”
McMahon said that consultations on Corley came back with support for the bike lanes, including among parent groups.
With council's approval, bike lanes will be built on both Woodbine and Corley avenues.