Toronto cycling advocates want Bloor bike lanes extended west

News Sep 16, 2017 by Aaron D'Andrea Bloor West Villager

Cycling advocates in Toronto's west end want to see the separated bike lanes on Bloor Street West kept and extended into their neighbourhoods and beyond.

With a final report and a decision on the fate of the year-long pilot project, which runs from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, expected to be made before the year’s end, Helen Qu thinks an extension to Islington Avenue in Etobicoke would make sense.

“As a cyclist, I find that if I have a safe space to bike in, I will more likely stop at the businesses and shop at the businesses versus completely avoiding that stretch (west of Shaw) at all,” said the 29-year-old Sunnyside resident. “There’s also many schools and libraries on that section of Bloor as well, so it would be a really good opportunity for our school kids to be able to cycle to their schools.”

Qu avoids that stretch of Bloor because she feels unsafe.

“Sometimes it’s really hard to bike in between parked cars and traffic because a car can open up a door at any time and you can get hit,” she said, adding she’s also worried about the speed at which cars travel.

Robert Zaichkowski, 30, told Metroland Media Toronto he was involved in a collision with a car near Dovercourt Road a few months ago.

“I know if the bike lane was there, the driver would have been encouraged to be more careful because the bike lanes give drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians a sense of predictability,” the Parkdale resident said.

Data collected by city staff shortly after the bike lanes were installed in August 2016 showed the amount of cyclists increased to 4,500 per day from 3,300 per day, with 25 per cent of that increase coming from new cyclists.

Also, cars travelling along Bloor decreased to 20,000 per day from 24,500 per day, but travel times increased from Bay Street to Ossington Avenue by an average of four minutes in the morning and around eight minutes in the afternoon.

Furthermore, in staff’s latest report issued in June, residents surveyed within the study area showed support for the bike lanes.

Zaichkowski thinks an extension near Dundas Street West is urgently needed.

“Between Ossington and Lansdowne, there is no east or west cycling route,” he said. “But personally, I’d like to see the Bloor bike lanes extend all the way to Kipling.”

Little Portugal resident Hyedie Hashimoto, 39, said staff should not only extend the bike lanes, but also extend the study itself.

“Taking studies within a few months or just a year after the Bloor Street bike lanes have been installed and deciding whether or not to keep them is kind of premature,” she said. “It would be nice if they could do studies that are maybe two or three years in, so people are used to the idea that there are bike lanes there and get used to the idea of taking a slight detour of their regular routes to be able to bike on a major arterial road.”

Toronto cycling advocates want Bloor bike lanes extended west

Pilot project sees increase in cyclists, decrease in motorists

News Sep 16, 2017 by Aaron D'Andrea Bloor West Villager

Cycling advocates in Toronto's west end want to see the separated bike lanes on Bloor Street West kept and extended into their neighbourhoods and beyond.

With a final report and a decision on the fate of the year-long pilot project, which runs from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, expected to be made before the year’s end, Helen Qu thinks an extension to Islington Avenue in Etobicoke would make sense.

“As a cyclist, I find that if I have a safe space to bike in, I will more likely stop at the businesses and shop at the businesses versus completely avoiding that stretch (west of Shaw) at all,” said the 29-year-old Sunnyside resident. “There’s also many schools and libraries on that section of Bloor as well, so it would be a really good opportunity for our school kids to be able to cycle to their schools.”

Qu avoids that stretch of Bloor because she feels unsafe.

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“Sometimes it’s really hard to bike in between parked cars and traffic because a car can open up a door at any time and you can get hit,” she said, adding she’s also worried about the speed at which cars travel.

Robert Zaichkowski, 30, told Metroland Media Toronto he was involved in a collision with a car near Dovercourt Road a few months ago.

“I know if the bike lane was there, the driver would have been encouraged to be more careful because the bike lanes give drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians a sense of predictability,” the Parkdale resident said.

Data collected by city staff shortly after the bike lanes were installed in August 2016 showed the amount of cyclists increased to 4,500 per day from 3,300 per day, with 25 per cent of that increase coming from new cyclists.

Also, cars travelling along Bloor decreased to 20,000 per day from 24,500 per day, but travel times increased from Bay Street to Ossington Avenue by an average of four minutes in the morning and around eight minutes in the afternoon.

Furthermore, in staff’s latest report issued in June, residents surveyed within the study area showed support for the bike lanes.

Zaichkowski thinks an extension near Dundas Street West is urgently needed.

“Between Ossington and Lansdowne, there is no east or west cycling route,” he said. “But personally, I’d like to see the Bloor bike lanes extend all the way to Kipling.”

Little Portugal resident Hyedie Hashimoto, 39, said staff should not only extend the bike lanes, but also extend the study itself.

“Taking studies within a few months or just a year after the Bloor Street bike lanes have been installed and deciding whether or not to keep them is kind of premature,” she said. “It would be nice if they could do studies that are maybe two or three years in, so people are used to the idea that there are bike lanes there and get used to the idea of taking a slight detour of their regular routes to be able to bike on a major arterial road.”

Toronto cycling advocates want Bloor bike lanes extended west

Pilot project sees increase in cyclists, decrease in motorists

News Sep 16, 2017 by Aaron D'Andrea Bloor West Villager

Cycling advocates in Toronto's west end want to see the separated bike lanes on Bloor Street West kept and extended into their neighbourhoods and beyond.

With a final report and a decision on the fate of the year-long pilot project, which runs from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, expected to be made before the year’s end, Helen Qu thinks an extension to Islington Avenue in Etobicoke would make sense.

“As a cyclist, I find that if I have a safe space to bike in, I will more likely stop at the businesses and shop at the businesses versus completely avoiding that stretch (west of Shaw) at all,” said the 29-year-old Sunnyside resident. “There’s also many schools and libraries on that section of Bloor as well, so it would be a really good opportunity for our school kids to be able to cycle to their schools.”

Qu avoids that stretch of Bloor because she feels unsafe.

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“Sometimes it’s really hard to bike in between parked cars and traffic because a car can open up a door at any time and you can get hit,” she said, adding she’s also worried about the speed at which cars travel.

Robert Zaichkowski, 30, told Metroland Media Toronto he was involved in a collision with a car near Dovercourt Road a few months ago.

“I know if the bike lane was there, the driver would have been encouraged to be more careful because the bike lanes give drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians a sense of predictability,” the Parkdale resident said.

Data collected by city staff shortly after the bike lanes were installed in August 2016 showed the amount of cyclists increased to 4,500 per day from 3,300 per day, with 25 per cent of that increase coming from new cyclists.

Also, cars travelling along Bloor decreased to 20,000 per day from 24,500 per day, but travel times increased from Bay Street to Ossington Avenue by an average of four minutes in the morning and around eight minutes in the afternoon.

Furthermore, in staff’s latest report issued in June, residents surveyed within the study area showed support for the bike lanes.

Zaichkowski thinks an extension near Dundas Street West is urgently needed.

“Between Ossington and Lansdowne, there is no east or west cycling route,” he said. “But personally, I’d like to see the Bloor bike lanes extend all the way to Kipling.”

Little Portugal resident Hyedie Hashimoto, 39, said staff should not only extend the bike lanes, but also extend the study itself.

“Taking studies within a few months or just a year after the Bloor Street bike lanes have been installed and deciding whether or not to keep them is kind of premature,” she said. “It would be nice if they could do studies that are maybe two or three years in, so people are used to the idea that there are bike lanes there and get used to the idea of taking a slight detour of their regular routes to be able to bike on a major arterial road.”