Bike lanes don't belong on Woodbine Avenue, reader writes

Opinion Aug 24, 2017 East York Mirror

To the editor:

I recently received a notice of construction for bike lanes to be installed on Woodbine Avenue, noting that this was the only letter I had ever received, and never was I notified of impending decisions regarding these changes.

Since receiving this letter I have kept track of the number of bikes that are on Woodbine thinking that possibly in the last 10 years of taking this route I was missing something. In the past two weeks I have counted a whopping three bikes in my total commute, morning and evening combined.

Why they would even fathom using a major corridor from the Gardiner Expressway and reduce it to one lane is beyond comprehension? Did they send feasibility people to see traffic in the spring when it was reduced to one lane during hydro work? It was utter chaos.

Thursday, Aug. 24 morning, with still two lanes available, the traffic going south was stopped at Queen Street and in both lanes was backed up to Kingston Road and now they wish to make it one lane? What are they thinking. Yesterday I took an alternate route seeing what will be my new normal since Woodbine will now be off limits due to traffic backups and I went through tons of school zones and quiet little side streets. Congratulations for now bringing more traffic for these areas.

In the evening, this area is already extremely backed up at Woodbine and O’Connor, and last night northbound traffic was stopped at Danforth to Woodbine. If the feasibility people were watching on rainy days, snow days, and evenings on a Thursday or Friday, this would have never been considered a viable idea.

There are also businesses that due to full side streets counted on parking on Woodbine, which has now been eliminated.

In an effort to appease the three cyclist that use the road for only a brief portion of the year, the city is now adding a huge stressor to the entire community and those just wishing to get home at the end of a long day. Congratulations to slowing down people, progress, and adding only sheer frustration and anger to everyone’s day.

Kelly McDonough, East York

Bike lanes don't belong on Woodbine Avenue, reader writes

Opinion Aug 24, 2017 East York Mirror

To the editor:

I recently received a notice of construction for bike lanes to be installed on Woodbine Avenue, noting that this was the only letter I had ever received, and never was I notified of impending decisions regarding these changes.

Since receiving this letter I have kept track of the number of bikes that are on Woodbine thinking that possibly in the last 10 years of taking this route I was missing something. In the past two weeks I have counted a whopping three bikes in my total commute, morning and evening combined.

Why they would even fathom using a major corridor from the Gardiner Expressway and reduce it to one lane is beyond comprehension? Did they send feasibility people to see traffic in the spring when it was reduced to one lane during hydro work? It was utter chaos.

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Thursday, Aug. 24 morning, with still two lanes available, the traffic going south was stopped at Queen Street and in both lanes was backed up to Kingston Road and now they wish to make it one lane? What are they thinking. Yesterday I took an alternate route seeing what will be my new normal since Woodbine will now be off limits due to traffic backups and I went through tons of school zones and quiet little side streets. Congratulations for now bringing more traffic for these areas.

In the evening, this area is already extremely backed up at Woodbine and O’Connor, and last night northbound traffic was stopped at Danforth to Woodbine. If the feasibility people were watching on rainy days, snow days, and evenings on a Thursday or Friday, this would have never been considered a viable idea.

There are also businesses that due to full side streets counted on parking on Woodbine, which has now been eliminated.

In an effort to appease the three cyclist that use the road for only a brief portion of the year, the city is now adding a huge stressor to the entire community and those just wishing to get home at the end of a long day. Congratulations to slowing down people, progress, and adding only sheer frustration and anger to everyone’s day.

Kelly McDonough, East York

Bike lanes don't belong on Woodbine Avenue, reader writes

Opinion Aug 24, 2017 East York Mirror

To the editor:

I recently received a notice of construction for bike lanes to be installed on Woodbine Avenue, noting that this was the only letter I had ever received, and never was I notified of impending decisions regarding these changes.

Since receiving this letter I have kept track of the number of bikes that are on Woodbine thinking that possibly in the last 10 years of taking this route I was missing something. In the past two weeks I have counted a whopping three bikes in my total commute, morning and evening combined.

Why they would even fathom using a major corridor from the Gardiner Expressway and reduce it to one lane is beyond comprehension? Did they send feasibility people to see traffic in the spring when it was reduced to one lane during hydro work? It was utter chaos.

Related Content

Thursday, Aug. 24 morning, with still two lanes available, the traffic going south was stopped at Queen Street and in both lanes was backed up to Kingston Road and now they wish to make it one lane? What are they thinking. Yesterday I took an alternate route seeing what will be my new normal since Woodbine will now be off limits due to traffic backups and I went through tons of school zones and quiet little side streets. Congratulations for now bringing more traffic for these areas.

In the evening, this area is already extremely backed up at Woodbine and O’Connor, and last night northbound traffic was stopped at Danforth to Woodbine. If the feasibility people were watching on rainy days, snow days, and evenings on a Thursday or Friday, this would have never been considered a viable idea.

There are also businesses that due to full side streets counted on parking on Woodbine, which has now been eliminated.

In an effort to appease the three cyclist that use the road for only a brief portion of the year, the city is now adding a huge stressor to the entire community and those just wishing to get home at the end of a long day. Congratulations to slowing down people, progress, and adding only sheer frustration and anger to everyone’s day.

Kelly McDonough, East York