Today and tomorrow, there is the second, and potentially last public consultation on the Richmond/Adelaide bike lanes before a detailed proposal goes to PWIC and then to City Council. It was mid afternoon, so not too many people were there, and from what I could see of the feedback forms, not many people had passed through yet.
Here is a profile of the people who had marked themselves down on an attendance sheet.
This poster summarizes what is left on the table in terms of preferred options.
In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of the plan are the north south routes that will connect Richmond / Adelaide with Beverley, as well as the lakefront. It is disappointing that John is off the table, and so it is also vitally important that Peter and Simcoe are turned into viable bike routes.
Here is some mockups of the separated bikeways on Peter. Note that the preferred option has some areas where parked cars act as a buffer between traffic and a bike lane.
I have a particular concern with the northern end of Peter St. There was some mention previously of a possible realignment of Peter with Soho St, but they have appeared to have backed off of that plan, which is disappointing. If Peter is to be connected safely with Beverley, then Soho needs to be aligned with Peter. This is the present state of that intersection. Looking north.
Of course realignment would entail getting rid of some Green P parking. I was told that as an intermediate step, road markings could be put down, working with existing curbs, and re timing of the light.
I expressed my concern about this issue on one of the feedback forms, and you can see that a little while later, someone disagreed with this issue, saying that “bikes hurt the economy”.
The other piece of the puzzle to resolve this intersection would be to put a contraflow lane on Phoebe so that bikes could turn west down this street from Beverley.
While we’re at it, I would wish for a contraflow lane on Stephanie so that bikes could approach the north end of Peter St from either direction.
The preferred alignment of bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide is to have a separated bike lane on the right hand side on both streets. The mock up shows different possibilities, including one that would actually increase the number of parking spaces on the street.
This poster summarizes the fact that the preferred layout of bikelanes on Richmond and Adelaide does not affect parking.
If things go smoothly, there might be a pilot project as soon as next summer.
The pilot would most likely involve the western end of Richmond and Adelaide, including Peter St. as well.
Fingers crossed that all this is actually going to happen.
Update: I just became aware of Herb’s excellent article that goes over much of the same material, and he cites Dave Meslin’s ideas on the Soho-Peter intersection.