The City of Toronto invites residents to learn more and provide feedback on proposed new bikeways:
When the City of Toronto proposes new cycling infrastructure, residents and the wider community are asked to provide feedback on the designs. For this project over 13,000 notices were delivered by Canada Post, 75 people participated in the public drop-in event on February 3, 2020, and comments were received from over 300 people via online, paper comment forms, phone and email. Overall there was strong support for the project, along with important concerns raised.
See the Update below for responses to many of the key questions and concerns that were received.
A Public Consultation Summary report will be published in the coming days.
This project is expected to be considered for approval by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee:
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, City Hall
Interested members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments.
Below are important issues raised during the public consultation, followed by a response.
Loading areas can be found in laneways where available, breaks in parking at corner clearance areas at intersections and at fire hydrant locations. No-parking areas at corner clearance areas will be better marked and signed to accommodate loading. Wheel-trans and emergency services can load in bikeways.
All existing Accessible Parking spaces will be maintained as part of the proposed design. For additional Accessible Parking spaces, residents who hold an Accessible Parking Permit can apply for a space in the parking areas by contacting 311 to submit a service request.
Brunswick Avenue between College Street and Ulster Street is planned for a road resurfacing in 2020. Borden Street between College Street and Harbord Street is being reconstructed in 2020. The work will repair the road surface improving conditions for all users.
Based on feedback from the community and Transportation Service’s Neighbourhood Projects team, the proposed bulb-outs along Brunswick Street will be installed using interim material such as paint until the permanent bulb-outs are constructed. All existing curb bulb-outs and planting areas will be maintained. Also based on community feedback and site observations, the City will install a raised intersection at Ulster Street and Borden Street as part of the road reconstruction.
All existing crosswalk markings and stop bars will be refreshed. The City is also looking at providing crosswalk markings and stop bars at the Brunswick/Sussex and Brunswick/Ulster intersection including the missing section of sidewalk at the SE corner of Brunswick/Ulster.
The proposed contra-flow bike lanes on local streets and the two-way cycle track on College Street should reduce sidewalk cycling along these streets, which reduces conflicts between people walking and cycling.
City policies, such as the TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, prioritize walking and cycling for shorter-distance trips. For people to choose cycling instead of driving, they need to feel safe while cycling and the trip must be more convenient by bike. Providing direct routes for people cycling improves safety by reducing their exposure to motor vehicle traffic and improves convenience by reducing travel time and distance. Contra-flow lanes help create direct routes without impacting traffic volumes or existing parking supply.
The City of Toronto has a near-term cycling implementation plan, which is updated on an annual basis. Comments and suggestions received at public consultations are documented for consideration in these updates. The Near-Term Implementation plan is based on state-of-good-repair work and the cycling network analysis. Learn more at toronto.ca/cyclingnetwork
When a contra-flow bicycle lane is installed on a one-way street, the street becomes two-way for people cycling, but remains one-way for drivers. When a person cycling is traveling in the direction that motor vehicles travel, they share the lane with the motor vehicles. To travel in the opposite direction, people cycling use a dedicated contra-flow bicycle lane.
Contra-flow bicycle lanes are marked with a yellow line separation, compared to white lines for normal bicycle lanes. Toronto has many well-used contra-flow bicycle lanes, including:
Cycling is one of the fastest growing transportation modes in Toronto, and especially in this neighbourhood, which has some of the highest bicycle use in Canada. The City is working to make travel by bike safer and more inviting. Making it easier for people to choose to cycle helps ease congestion on the streets and transit, creates a cleaner environment and promotes a healthier public life.
This project would provide a legal and signed convenient north-south route on quiet streets in this busy cycling neighbourhood. In effect, this should reduce the incidence of illegal wrong-way cycling on other nearby north-south streets.
Currently, parking alternates between sides of the street in some sections, but if approved, parking would be made permanent on one side. The dark gray lines on the map in this notice show the side where parking would be permanent. These proposed changes do not reduce parking, nor do they change the way the streets operate if you drive. There would be no motor vehicle traffic impacts. All laneway and driveway access would remain unchanged.
You would be able to travel north and south on these sections of Borden Street and Brunswick Avenue to make it easier and more comfortable to connect to existing east-west bikeways. Also, if you are travelling north on Bellevue Avenue, you would be able to turn left on the College Street two-way cycle track segment and stay on the south side to reach the signalized intersection at Borden Street and then continue north, creating a safer northbound cycling connection.
City services such as fire, emergency medical services, solid waste pick-up, and snow clearing will continue as usual. There will be no impact to existing sidewalks, traffic volumes or speed limits.
Following public and stakeholder consultation and subject to approval from City Council, the City of Toronto plans to install the proposed bike lanes on Borden Street and Brunswick Avenue and the cycle track segment on College Street in summer 2020.
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