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Issue No. 189

Cyclometer Year in Review 2012

Cyclometer is produced by the City of Toronto - Transportation Services, and reports on cycling infrastructure projects and associated programs.

Transportation Services

Bikeway Network Progress

Approximately 22% of the Bicycle lanes from Toronto's 2001 Bike Plan have been installed. as of December 31, 2012. While about 80% of the Trails identified in the Bike Plan and 2012 Trails Plan have been built. About 58% of the 'signed routes' identified in the Bike Plan have been installed, and 72% of the planned 'sharrow' projects have been installed.

Status of the Bikeway Network
Bikeway type Existing Planned*
Bike lanes 111.6 495
Sharrow marked routes 10.2 14.2
Signed routes on residential streets 149.8 260
Off-road paths 291.7 363
Total 563.3 1132.2
* Projections are based on various planning documents.
- Off-road paths: 2012 Trails Plan
- Bike Lanes and signed routes: 2001 Bike Plan
- Sharrow marked routes: based on approved bikeway designs which use this marking.

On February 6, 2012, Toronto City Council adopted a report to Relieving Rush Hour Congestion Due to Unlawful Stopping, Standing, and Parking. A key recommendation in this report is a fine increase from $60 to $150 for persons who stand stop or park in a bicycle lane unlawfully.

2012 On-Street Bikeway Network Installations

A sort section of bicycle lanes were Installed on Shaughnessy Blvd from Sheppard Avenue E to Delverton Place, and on Bremner Boulevard between Spadina Avenue and Dan Leckie Way. These bicycle lanes on Bremner Blvd will eventually connect to the existing Fort York bicycle lanes, once Bremner in finished construction and connected to this roadway.

A short section of contra-flow bicycle lane was installed on Maitland Place between Homewood Avenue and Jarvis Street.

Sharrows were installed on Royal York Road where it meets Dundas Street West.

Signed route signage was installed in Osler, between Cariboo (where the West Toronto Railpath ends) and the Davenport bicycle lanes.  Signs were also installed, on Scarsdale, between the terminus of the CN Leaside Trail and York Mills Road, an on Duncan Mill - ValleyBrook-Lesmill, between York Mills Road and the northern Don Valley Trail.

Another noteworthy addition to Toronto's cycling infrastructure was the "Puente De Luz", a cycling and pedestrian bridge built as part of the Concord Adex development agreement. This new bridge links Portland Street to Dan Leckie Way.

2012 On-Street Bikeway Network Removals

Bicycle Lanes were removed from Jarvis Street between Queen St. East and Isabella.
City Staff have been instructed by City Council to remove the Bike Lanes on Jarvis Street from.

Multi-Use Trail Construction

Progress continues on the development of Toronto's Multi-Use Trails, on June 6, 2012 City Council adopted a trails plan to guide the ongoing work.

A agreement was reached with Metrolinx, to construct an at grade rail crossing on the Finch Hydro Corridor Trail, to cross the rail corridor between Keele St and Finch Ave. West, and this was installed at the end of the 2012 construction season.

Two exciting trail connections were completed by Waterfront Toronto/the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).  Port Union Phase 2 connects Scarborough's waterfront to the bridge to Pickering. Mimico Linear Phase 2 extends the Waterfront Trail westward to Norris Crescent.

A couple small trail links were built as part of other projects, at Canoe Landing (near Dan Leckie Way the Lakeshore.  A short trail connection was also built as part of the development of the Riverdale hospital's rehab.  Park paths have been constructed at the southern terminus of River Street that will eventually improve connections between the Lower Don Trail and River Street.

Upgrades, and State of Good Repair Improvements

The existing bicycle lanes on Sherbourne Street, between Bloor Street East and Front Street East were upgraded to a Cycle Track.

Rehabilitation of Multi-Use Trail walkway under Don Mills Road was completed 2012.

Etobicoke Creek Trail was upgraded through Maurice Breen Park and Marie Curtis Park.

The Waterfront Trail was upgraded through Marie Curtis Park as part of Marie Curtis revitalization project.  Missing signs were also installed along the entire length of Toronto's Waterfront Trail, to improve the wayfinding for this important east-west route.

Multi-Year Studies and Projects

Consultants were retained for the Richmond-Adelaide Corridor Environmental Assessment Study.

Consultants were also retained for the West Toronto Railpath Environmental Assessment Study.

A Environmental Assessment Study is being undertaken with Parks, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority to determine technical feasibility, environmental impacts, social impacts, construction costs and operational and maintenance impacts for a new trail in the East Don.

Consultant study started November 2012 to develop master plan for Lower Don Trail (Lakeshore to Pottery) that is an examination of accessibility, safety, environmental protection and public art along the Lower Don Trail.

A 'greenway' are being discussed as part of the Allen Road Environmental Assessment Study.

Waterfront Toronto began work to build the Central Waterfront trail connection which will complete the trail along Queens Quay.

The Beltline Trail Study was substantially completed in 2013.  Discussions are in progress to program the installation of trail crossings identified as part of this Study.

Bike Parking

Post-and-Ring Bike Parking Stands - The post and ring, with a 'beefier' ring began installation in 2012.  Post and ring stands continue to be installed in partnership with the Astral Media street furniture contract. The 2012 agreement signed is for the installation of over 600 post and ring stands by the contractor.

Bicycle Stations - in 2012 the Victoria Park Bicycle Station opened, and now provides parking for 52 bicycles at this TTC hub.  This is Toronto's second Bicycle Parking Station.

Bike Locker Program - Four new bicycle locker locations were installed at The Finch GO Station, Eglinton GO Station, Scarborough GO Station, and Rouge Hill GO station.  These locations now add 30 new lockers to Toronto's bike locker program. Lockers are still $10/month for a minimum of four months.

Bikes and Transit

TTC Bike Racks on Buses - The TTC now offers buses with bike racks on all routes, City-wide.  View the TTC's an instructional video to learn more about how to use the bus bike racks.

GO Transit has introduced a number of new programs to make it easier to use your bike with GO Transit trains and buses.  These include bike racks on GO buses, Bike Coaches on GO Trails, and shelters and parking at GO Stations. Learn more.


BIXI Toronto was launched on May 3, 2011.  BIXI Toronto Bikes were used for 406,455 trips in 2011, and 712,252 trips in 2012, for a total of 1,118,707 trips from the launch of the program, to December 31, 2012.

Cycling Data The City of Toronto conducted its first ever radar data collection exercise, gathering speed information from over 2,000 cyclists in Toronto's downtown core.

In April 2012, Public Health published their 'Road to Health Report' which for the first time quantified the dollar value of cycling in Toronto, recommended lower speed limits, and prescribed a number of other measures to make Toronto's streets friendlier for walking an cycling.

Bike Map 100,000 copies of the 2012 cycling map were distributed to the public as a free resource, between May and December 2012.

Events The City worked in partnership with Cycle Toronto to present Bike Month, the Bike Friendly Business Awards, and Coldest Day of the Year Ride.

Website the continuing development of a new bikeway network section includes, posts for all cycling staff reports, and council decisions, as well as a new 'cycling and the law' page.

Parks Forestry and Recreation

CAN-BIKE In 2012 sixty CAN Bike Courses helped people learn to ride or improve their skills. Twelve two week summer camps gave kids an opportunity for extended learning, and 75 clinics were offered on an on-demand basis.

Off Road Trails The City of Toronto's Sustainable Trails Initiative worked with the International Mountain biking Association (IMBA) to engineer and build erosion-free off-road mountain biking trails, and improve trails that already exist.

Bike Park programming and facilities have been expanding steadily at  the Wallace Emmerson BMX bike park and Sunnyside Bike Park.

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