Protected Bike Lanes on Eglinton!
Toronto Council approved staff recommendations for Eglinton, including protected bike lanes, at the May 6th Council meeting! We deeply appreciate the strong support from councillors across the political spectrum for this transformative project. Just as importantly, Council also approved a request to Metrolinx to allocate a portion of the funding to implement the plan. There are more pieces that need to fall into place to fully fund the bike lanes in time for the 2020 opening of the LRT, but this is a crucial development!
We're not finished yet. Rob Ford & Sue Ann Levy have recently launched attacks on the plan. Tweet your support for the project using #Eglinton and support our work by joining Cycle Toronto or donating!
Eglinton Connects is supported by schools, community groups, business improvement areas (2), school trustees (2) and residents’ associations, and many individuals who live, work or study near Eglinton. The project was awarded Transportation Project of the Year Award from the Institute of Transport Engineers. Cycle Toronto fully supports the Eglinton Connects plan for its investment in 11km of protected bike lanes through midtown Toronto.
- Eglinton is not going down "from 5 lanes to 3." Most of Eglinton has from 2-4 rush hour traffic lanes, with 1 or 2 rush hour bus/taxi lanes (which are parking the rest of the time).
- The new plans have 4 rush hour full traffic lanes over most of Eglinton. In many places this is an increase in auto lanes over what exists today, and much fewer buses on the street.
- The section of Eglinton near Yonge St, which sees the lowest auto traffic of all (600-900 cars per direction per hour), is planned to have 3 traffic lanes - but the heavy bus traffic into Eglinton station will be gone.
- The Yonge & Eglinton intersection moves 70% more pedestrians than cars and is the second busiest pedestrian intersection in the city.
- The Eglinton Connects project will fight congestion by increasing the people-moving capacity of the avenue.
- The LRT can carry up to 15,000 people per hour per direction - the car lanes top out at 2,000.
- The street designs for Eglinton Connects have been worked out in meticulous detail through a community consultation process that has taken into account the needs of all of Eglinton’s users, including motorists
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT project is now underway. Planners invited the public to provide input into designs for a light rail transit line on Eglinton Avenue spanning 25 kilometres from Black Creek to Kennedy. This is the single largest infrastructure project in Canada and will transform the entire centre of Toronto. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make Eglinton a safe, complete street for all users – pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists of all ages and abilities.
The City is redesigning the streetscape along Eglinton as part of the Eglinton Connects planning project. Amazingly, the City is recommending full, separated bike lanes for the entire length of Eglinton - from Jane St to Kennedy! Their staff report was presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9, 2014, and it was approved unanimously! More to come!
We can't express how excited we are about transforming Eglinton from this:
This is our opportunity to have safe and accessible cycling infrastructure along the whole length of Eglinton, including:
- Safe, protected bike lanes along Eglinton
- Connections to off-road trails and on-road bike routes
- Safe crossings over Eglinton
- High quality bike parking in accessible, well-lit areas
- Cyclist access into the new transit stations
- Clear, visible signage