On June 10, 2014, City Council approved Phase 1 of the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track Planning and Design Study – Pilot Project (PW 31.7). This included cycle tracks on:

  • Richmond Street West from York Street to Bathurst Street
  • Adelaide Street West from Bathurst Street to Simcoe Street
  • Simcoe Street from Front Street West to Queen Street West
  • Peter Street from King Street West to Queen Street West

On July 7, 2015, City Council approved extending the Richmond Street and Adelaide Street cycle track infrastructure (PW 6.12) east to Parliament Street.

The cycle tracks were installed in various segments between 2014 and 2016 and have been monitored and evaluated since installation.

Results

Cycling volumes:

  • Richmond Street and Adelaide Street are the busiest cycling routes in Toronto.
  • As of September/October 2018, there was an average of 6,160 weekday cyclists, in good weather, travelling on Richmond Street and Adelaide Street.
  • In winter weather (February and March 2018), there was an average of 680 cyclists in the morning and afternoon peak periods from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Motor vehicle travel times:

  • In the AM/PM peak periods, travel times have increased slightly (an average of 1.5 additional minutes) on Richmond Street and decreased slightly (an average of one minute less) on Adelaide Street compared to before the cycle tracks were installed.
  • Motor vehicle travel times were also impacted by construction in the area.

Safety:

  • The rate of cyclist collisions decreased by 73 per cent on Richmond Street and Adelaide Street.
  • The rate of motor vehicle collisions decreased by 18 per cent.
  • The rate of pedestrian collisions increased by 16 per cent, which is consistent with the city-wide trend of higher collisions for pedestrians during this time period.

 Consultation:

  • Extensive consultation with stakeholders and the public was undertaken prior to and following the installation of the pilot project.
  • Transportation Services has consulted with local business improvement areas, Cycle Toronto, and the Toronto Transit Commission throughout the design and installation of the pilot project, including evaluation and modifications to the existing design.
  • Consultation and outreach comprised of newspaper advertisements, letters and flyers to approximately 48,000 mailboxes, website updates, email updates to 5,800 subscribers, social media updates, stakeholder workshops, public drop-in events, cyclist intercept surveys, online surveys, on-street signage and a telephone hotline.
  • If the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks are approved as permanent cycling routes, staff have proposed modifications to the design to further improve cyclist and pedestrian safety and motor vehicle traffic flow. The proposed improvements include the following:
    • Move the existing cycle track on Adelaide Street from the south side to the north side.
    • Install protected eastbound left turn phases along several intersections to improve traffic flow and eliminate potential conflicts between left turning motor vehicles and the high volumes of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the intersection.
    • Provide a greater degree of separation between cyclists and motor vehicles through the placement of temporary precast concrete barriers within the buffer zone.
    • Construct an increased level of separation between the cycle track and motor vehicle lanes, delivered in conjunction with future road reconstruction.
    • Improve bus stops to increase safety for cyclists and TTC operators and to better accommodate TTC riders.
    • Install pavement marking modifications and make corridor traffic signal timing modifications, where necessary.

Read additional information related to the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track Study, including the public consultation history.

Media contact

Eric Holmes, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4391, Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca