Biking up around Don Mills and Eglinton this afternoon really made me wish we had better infrastructure in Toronto (the speed limit is 60km/hr on those streets people!). You know, even a few extra signs to clearly indicate that you are still on the correct ‘Bikeway Network Route‘ would help so much with the jagged routes that we are to use. If I even try a slightly different route than one that I’ve used before, I always end up getting lost and those little blue signs are nowhere to be seen!
I know I sound like a broken record, but if we could incorporate even a quarter of the bike infrastructure that Vancouver has, getting around Toronto on two-wheels would be so much easier!
The Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee has promised us separated bike lanes in the core of downtown. If this comes to fruition, we’ll finally join the other cities in Canada that have already implemented this.
When this was first proposed a few cyclists said that it was unnecessary and would restrict them from biking the way they want to … but do you know how relaxing and enjoyable riding in a bike lane that is free of door prizes and speeding cars driving close to you is? Not to mention the lack of jay walking pedestrians!
I absolutely love the bicycle crosswalk buttons to cross major streets. You don’t have to dismount to get to a button and most times the lights change within a few seconds after the button is pressed! If these were installed on along the bikeways in Toronto, I’ll bet we’d see an increase in ridership on these quiet streets – not to mention keeping cyclists off side-walks!
And then there are the round-abouts. These started appearing on Bikeways in Vancouver over a decade ago and make navigating these smaller intersections so much easier because you don’t have to come to a complete stop. Even for drivers, I find that they are safer because instead of coming to a full stop, you can inch up around the bend to see if there is any on-coming traffic.
With Toronto having the highest number of fatal bike collisions in Canada, upgrading and improving our cycling infrastructure isn’t just a feel good exercise it’s a necessity.
The Ford regime in City Hall are a steadfast bunch, happy to keep cyclists as second class citizens on the road … is there any hope in improving the bike infrastructure in Toronto in the next 3 years?
I’m still going to hang on to that tiny speck of hope.