Today I had the opportunity to bike over to the Danforth with a few friends. I had not been over there since the removal of the CafeTO patios, so I was anxious to see the changes. I met up with fellow bike advocate Janet Joy Wilson in Bloor West Village.
Just a reminder that even though it is wonderful to have bike lanes all the way to Runnymede, the sections under the two railway bridges between Dundas St W and Symington are still not done, and in fact may not be done until late 2021 due to hydro and metrolinx work on both the Barrie and Kitchener GO lines.
Meeting up with Albert, Donna, and Arthur at Sherbourne.
Passing this fine example of utility cycling on the viaduct.
Crossing the onramp to the DVP just before Broadview is always going to be one of the most dangerous spots on Bloor-Danforth for cyclists.
With the removal of the CafeTO patios, the bike lanes are now a straight shot. However, I would still like to see the patios back next summer. They were a great addition to a revitalized streetscape. Hopefully they will also reduce opposition to the bike lanes from the Greektown BIA.
A brief stop in Greektown.
Another stop at Mofer Coffee which was highly recommended as a good source for coffee and well as beans. In these pandemic times, it is vital to shop local, and to show merchants that cyclists are good customers.
Dave of @TorontoCycleChic has been renting an e-bike from zygg on a monthly basis, and he has been very satisfied. He says it’s a good way to check out e-bike ownership before making an investment.
Regrettably due to time constraints, I had to turn back at this point. I did check out some of the intersection treatments on the north side on the way back.
The green boxes for left turning cyclists at Greenwood and Danforth seemed too small to be effective.
There were other intersections with some traffic calming with painted bumpouts and bollards, particularly at intersections with less busy streets like this cul de sac.
This treatment at Woodycrest was interesting. I’m wondering if the large hatched area was intended as a loading zone for the pizza pizza.
The intersection at Logan had treatments on both corners, probably due to the proximity to the Alexander the Great parkette.
The city just finished a survey about Destination Danforth. One hopes that community feedback is sufficiently positive to make the bike lanes on Danforth permanent.
There have been some positive things happening on Yonge St. In December 2020, city council voted in favour of REimaging Yonge which will reduce the number of car traffic lanes between Finch and Sheppard in favour of bike lanes and wide sidewalks. (It should be noted that there is no funding for the project at the moment).
“Over a six week period, the Gleaner photographed active daytime deliveries along Bloor St. West in order to give a snapshot of which companies respect the bike lanes and which don’t. Most do. Some Sysco truck drivers obey bike lane rules, while others do not. Brinks trucks must deliver via the front door of their customers, and seem to actively ignore the rules while doing so.“
Today was Tooker Gomberg’s birthday, and so it was more than appropriate that we celebrate the extensions of the Bloor/Danforth bike lanes. Angela put out the call last week for a ride from Christie Pits to East Lynn Park.
Richard and I rode over from High Park. BIke lane markings have been painted down from High Park almost all the way to Dundas W. Here you can see the intersection with Parkside, where the bike lane hugs the curb, and the right turn lane for cars remains to the left of the bike lane. In the original design, the bike lane crossed over the right turn lane.
Curb with bollard protection is slowly working its way west from Shaw St. Word is that all of the protective elements won’t be in place until the end of September, which is a bit of a slip from the original plan. Probably the delay is at least partially associated with some road work that is being done just west of the underpass for the railpath.
Lots of cyclists gathered at Christie Pits.
Angela greets us and offers us bike shaped cookies in ginger, and more ginger.
Casey is one cool pup.
The banner is here.
Angela tells us a little about Tooker Gomberg’s vision for a bike lane spanning the city from east to west. After his passing, a group of friends got together and decided that pressing for bike lanes along Bloor/Danforth would be an appropriate way to memorialize Tooker. After several years, this also lead to the formation of Bells on Bloor, a group that organized an annual ride down Bloor St, which was also eventually joined by Bells on Danforth. Finally, in recent years, these groups worked in parallel with Cycle Toronto. The Bloor bike lanes were approved as permanent infrastructure several years ago, and the westward extension to Shaw was approved earlier this summer. In the interim, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the deployment of temporary bike lanes, including bike lanes on Danforth, and the filling of the gap between Avenue and Sherbourne. So here we are, just on the edge of having 15 km of continuous bike lanes along Bloor/Danforth.
Hamish Wilson spoke next, and asked why it has taken 15 years to do the obvious. He pointed out that there is still a need to have bike lanes along all of the subway routes, especially Yonge St.
Now we get ready to depart.
Once on the Danforth, it was decided to turn the banner around so that it read “Take the Tooker” from the front.
Here is an example of the integrated of CafeTO curb space with the bike lanes.
Arriving at East Lynn Park.
Thanks to Angela for organizing the ride, to all those who helped cork intersections, and all those who rode with us. We’ll have to do this again in the fall once everything is done along the entire stretch.
Lots of interesting details in the renderings that were just posted. 24/7 car parking on both sides, and it looks like parking buffered bike lanes for the most part. It will be particularly interesting to see if the “artistic curb extensions” have any effect on driver behaviour.
It would have been preferable to see intersection treatments like those installed in San Jose. Something to considered for the future, when these bike lanes are evaluated in late 2021.
In the meantime, we await installation with baited breath. Once these are in, as well as the bike lanes between Avenue and Sherbourne, then we will finally have a continuous stretch from Runnymede to Dawes.