Protected bike lanes on Richmond & Adelaide one step closer to reality
Submitted by Siva on 14 May, 2014 - 20:24
"Over this term of council, there have been some low points and some high points. Today is one of those high points." - Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, speaking to members of Public Works & Infrastructure Committee about the pilot project for protected bike lanes on Richmond St & Adelaide St.
We're pleased to report on some major wins at the May 14, 2014 meeting of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC)! This follows up on City Council approving protected bike lanes on Eglinton last week as part of the Eglinton Connects project. These important wins wouldn't be possible without the support of our 2,300 members across Toronto!
1. A pilot project for protected bike lanes on Richmond-Adelaide.
We've worked hard to bring protected bike lanes to Richmond St & Adelaide St. We're thrilled that PWIC has approved a pilot project to begin this summer on Richmond St (Bathurst St - York St), Adelaide St (Bathurst St - Simcoe St) and on Peter St and Simcoe St.
Protected bike lanes on Richmond-Adelaide will provide a much needed east-west connection for cyclists to access downtown Toronto and the waterfront.
Thank you to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong for his leadership to bring protected bike lanes to Richmond-Adelaide and Councillor Mike Layton for working hard to connect the west-end to the core through contraflow projects on Shaw St & Richmond St west of Bathurst St. Thank you to the more than 190 people that responded to our Action Alert and wrote members of PWIC. It's now onto council for approval.
2. A network of snow routes for cyclists that receives priority clearing, including all contraflows, with new snow route signage.
Thank you to all that came out for our Shovel in on Shaw earlier this year. Our direct action to remove the snow ourselves sent a clear message of the need for improved snow clearance of bike routes.
Priority clearing would take effect starting in the winter of 2015-2016.
3. Upgrades to Harbord-Hoskin, including:
- Filling the gap between Spadina & Bathurst
- Using parked cars on Hoskin to protect the bike lane
- Changing the whole corridor to wider, buffered lanes
Thanks to Councillor Mike Layton for moving motion to create a green wave for cyclists on Harbord & explore full separation during next capital reconstruction.
The meeting also saw approval of bike lanes on St. Dennis Dr, a new lane on Kingston Rd to connect the Waterfront Trail and an addendum to the Port Union Rd Environmental Assessment to bring bike lanes to Port Union Rd!
Vote at Council Still Required
Each of these items now moves onto the June 10 City Council meeting for a final vote. We'll continue working with councillors across Toronto and work towards approval at Council!