The City is extending bike lanes on Bloor Street West, westward from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road. The protected bike lanes create a dedicated space for people cycling and improve safety for all road users.
The City has created an infographic for people who access Bloor Street West for a range of different needs, which explains how best to interact with the newly installed infrastructure.
Over the past year, Transportation Services has completed the proposed design, assessed impacts and undertaken extensive business and community consultation on the Bloor West Bikeway Extension.
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City Council, at its meeting on May 28, 2020, approved the extension of the Bloor Street West Bikeway.
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The project area stretches on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road. It will connect to the existing bikeway on Bloor Street West, which runs from Avenue Road to Shaw Street.
The City supports improving the design of streets for all road users. This is based on the following policies/initiatives/statistics:
The existing bikeway on Bloor Street West, from Avenue Road to Shaw Street, was installed as a pilot project approved by City Council in 2016. Since then, it has become the second busiest in the city with approximately 5,220 daily users. On average, 13% of people living in the project area cycle to work or school. In some areas, this number is as high as 29%.
With many destinations along the corridor, the bikeway extension would connect vibrant neighbourhoods, serving businesses and residents. Bloor Street is one of the few east-west arterials in the City without streetcar tracks, which allows for greater flexibility in the design. The bikeway would also be supported by the Line 2 subway.
The City’s Cycling Network Plan identified Bloor Street West, from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road, as a priority for expansion of the cycling network. Extending the bikeway to Runnymede Road would provide a connection to existing and proposed north/south cycling routes on Shaw Street, High Park Avenue, Runnymede Road and the West Toronto Railpath.
The goal of the Bloor Street Pilot Project was to install and evaluate a bikeway on Bloor Street West between Avenue Road and Shaw Street.
The desired outcome of the project was a bikeway that improved safety and reduced risk for all users while mitigating traffic and curbside impacts.
Following an extensive evaluation of the pilot project, City Council approved making the pilot permanent with safety and design improvements.
Reconstruction of the roadway to install raised cycle tracks is underway, including a protected intersection at Bloor Street West and St. George Street.
Following the implementation of the Bloor Street Pilot Project in 2016, two separate studies of the corridor found positive economic impacts associated with the bikeway.
Key findings include:
Similar studies in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver show either neutral or positive impact of adding bikeways on business.
The goal of this project is to create a safe, multi-modal and vibrant Bloor Street West by:
The proposed design includes:
In-depth data analysis has been used to inform the proposed design. Analyzed data being used in the design process include:
Bike facilities are designed to support safe and accessible use. The Project Team consults with City staff and agencies including TTC, Emergency Services and traffic engineering.
The design of the bike facilities is informed through consultation and feedback received from local stakeholders and community groups, residents, and businesses, data analysis, and review of technical information.
The bike facilities are designed to maintain safe building access for people arriving on foot, bike, transit and by car.
City staff conducts multiple counts to assess on-street parking demand during the busiest times of the week. This was done on a block-by-block basis. Available off-street parking is also considered.
The City us addressing existing loading and delivery needs through consultation with businesses, organizations and building owners on Bloor Street. In the existing Bloor Bikeway, businesses’ loading needs are accommodated using mostly side streets and back alleys. Some have had to modify their loading process.
TTC Wheel-Trans vehicles and accessible taxis are allowed to load passengers in the bikeway. In addition, on-street accessible parking and loading spaces are being investigated in the design where feasible.
Bikeways provide safe options for people who want to bike to school or work, for shopping, recreation and other trips
An important purpose of adding bikeways is to improve safety for people of all ages and abilities, including people who walk, take transit, ride a bike or drive a car. Studies in Toronto and elsewhere have shown that adding bikeways improves safety for all road users. By adding bikeways and reducing traffic lane widths, motorists tend to slow down. Slower speeds reduce the number of collisions, and their severity if they do occur.
The extension will be designed to provide separation for people cycling from cars. Driving, parking and stopping of motorized vehicles are prohibited in bike lanes and cycle tracks. In most locations, the bike lanes would be separated from vehicles using a physical barrier, such as plastic flexi-posts, concrete curbs, planter boxes, or some combination of the above.
The TTC is consulted to ensure buses can reach curb-side bus stops.
Once installation is finished, the project is not yet complete. After installation, the City will:
After monitoring and evaluating, the City will consider modification, such as:
More detailed information on the project design can be found on the Public Drop-In Event’s information panels.
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The public comment period was open from January 24 to February 14, 2020. All feedback will be reviewed and considered in the project design.
View the Consultation Report for more information.
The City hosted two public drop-in events on January 27, 2020, at St. Wenceslaus Church and January 30, 2020, at the Lithuanian House.
At the events, attendees were able to view the information panels in print and discuss one-on-one with the project team. The same information was available at both events.
Those who were unable to attend either event were invited to submit an online feedback form between January 24 and February 14, 2020.
The City hosted four drop-in events in the project area for building owners, business owners and organizations in each of the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) on Bloor Street West in the project area.
Drop-In events were held at:
At the drop-in events, building owners and representatives of businesses and organizations in the project area on Bloor Street West had an opportunity to:
Those who were unable to attend either event were invited to review the consultation material before filling out businesses and organizations stakeholder survey. The survey closed on December 9, 2019.