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In an effort to improve cycling conditions in Toronto's downtown west end, the "West End Bikeways" cycling network planning project
was launched in the fall of 2008. The goal was to talk to local area residents, and use local knowledge to identify cycling routes for infrastructure projects that could be completed in 2009 and 2010.
This project would use both contra-flow bicycle lanes and sharrows to help create a continuous, 2-way cycling route along the length of Shaw Street.
Recommended Bike Route Markings Block-by-block
City staff are currently evaluating the an opportunity to install bicycle lanes between Duoro and King Street West.
For the section between King Street West and Dundas Street West sharrows may be installed.
In order to create a continuous, two-way bicycle route a 'contra-flow' bicycle lane is necessary for where Shaw street is currently one-way southbound. In May 2008 and August 5, 2009 Toronto City Council approved the installation of a "contra flow" bicycle lane on Shaw Street, from Dundas Street West to Harbord Street, and from Barton Avenue to Dupont Street. City Staff are currently investigating the suitability of the area between Harbord Street and Barton Avenue to inform recommendations for a design on this section.
North of Dupont, Shaw street operates as a two way road, and bicycle lanes are approved between Dupont and Acores.
- North of Acores St. the roadway is too narrow for bicycle lanes, and so an alternate treatment such as sharrows must be evaluated to connect between Acores and Davenport.
Contra-flow bicycle lanes which may be placed either next on-street parking, or next to the curb
Strathcona Ave. is a example of a contra flow lane in Toronto which is next to on-street parking
Montrose Ave. is an example of a contra flow lane in Toronto which is installed next to the curb
Overview of parking on streets which have bicycle lanes (PDF)
We invite you to a Public Open House and walk, to discuss plans to install a bike route on Shaw Street, between the existing Davenport bicycle lanes and a connection to the "West Toronto Railpath (South Section Phase 2)" which is currently being planned.
Although contra-flow bicycle lanes have already been approved by City Council, learning details about the neighbourhood, and how local residents will help us to develop the detailed designs for this project.
Date: Tuesday February 19, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m contra flow bicycle lane walk (meet at Bob Abate front doors)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Public Open House
Location: Bob Abate Community Centre Gymnasium
485 Montrose Ave (at Bloor Street)
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
24 hr voicemail: 416-338-1066
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