This page discusses a design Charrette held in 2010.
For information surrounding the Sherbourne Separated Bikeways Project development, time line, design work and public consultation meetings please visit the Sherbourne Separated Bikeways Project Page.
Or learn about general information regarding the development of Separated Bikeways in Toronto.
On September 20th and 21st 2010The City of Toronto and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted Dutch bicycle planners for the ThinkBike Workshops.
Toronto and Dutch bicycle professionals formed two teams for this event. The teams considered new elements to improve Toronto's cycling strategy. Each team was be given a Toronto cycling infrastructure problem to solve, and considered related social an communication issues. The results were unveiled at a free public event at the El Mocambo.
Resources for Design Teams
Design Team Presentations
Presentations from the Netherlands
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About Visiting Bicycle Professionals
Hans Voerknecht, Ruud Ditewig, Martijn J. te Lintelo and Arjen Jaarsmahave presented internationally on a number of occasions to help communicate bicycle policy solutions and best practices in infrastructure development. They are associated with the Netherlands association Fietsberaad, who's mission is to help disseminate bicycle policy internationally.
About the Study Areas
Study Area Team Orange: Sherbourne Street Corridor
Converting Existing Bikeways Into Physically Separated Bikeways.
Explore the necessary treatments to convert the existing bicycle lanes along Sherbourne Street, from Queen’s Quay Boulevard to Elm Avenue, to a design that will provide a physical separation between bicycle lanes and the general purpose traffic lanes. Explore design options for locations where other bicycle lanes intersect Sherbourne Street. Intersection designs will consider existing on-street facilities, as well as physically separated design options for future development.
- The existing bicycle lanes on Sherbourne Street predate the Toronto Bike Plan, dated June 2001.
- Recent requests have been received from cyclists, suggesting the redesign of the roadway to one that provides physically separated bicycle lanes
Study Area Team Blue: Developing the Bikeway Network in the Downtown Core
Connecting downtown bikeways, identifying a preferred north-south connection
Evaluate route options and design concepts for completing the north-south bikeway connections in the downtown core, linking the city north of Queen Street to the Waterfront Trail. The study will focus on the area bounded by Queen Street (to the north), Queens Quay (to the south), Yonge Street (to the east) and Bathurst Street (to the west). Priority will be given to closing the gaps in the existing network, such as recommending a preferred alignment to connect the existing bicycle lanes on Simcoe Street with those on Beverley Street.
- The Toronto Bike Plan identified two central north-south connections between Queen’s Quay West and Queen Street, the first along Simcoe Street, the second along Blue Jays Way and Peter Street.
- Bicycle Lanes have been approved on Bay Street, from Queens Quay to Queen Street West.
- Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PW35.17 - August 18, 2010) directed the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on completing the downtown Bikeway Network, including the following north-south connections:
- Bicycle lanes on Phoebe, Soho, Peter and Blue Jays Way from
- Beverley Street to Bremner Boulevard;
- Bicycle lanes on Dan Leckie Way/Portland Street and Portland Street from Queens Quay to Queens Street West;
- Connecting the Simcoe Street and Beverley-St. George bicycle lanes; and
- Separating the Simcoe Street bicycle lanes from traffic with bollards and curbs.