Today, Sarah Doucette (Councillor, Ward 13) and Jacquelyn H. Gulati (Manager of Cycling Infrastrcture and Programs) joined Janet Joy and I for a tour of Ward13 bike infrastructure. This was a follow up to similar earlier rides over the past year or so.
Here at High Park and Bloor, we discussed the sharrows that had recently been painted along High Park Ave. We are thankful that sharrows extend across Bloor St, but we would like to see better markings both north and southbound to prevent bikes from getting right hooked at this intersection.
Two other notes about the sharrows: one is that the contractor appears to have used substandard paint which has already faded (they will be redone), and the sharrows should have also extended across the intersections with Glenlake and here at Humberside.
We spent quite a bit of time at the intersection of Jane and Annette, where the offset makes safety a real issue. There is also a lack of bike parking in the area, but more will not be added until the local BIA completes a street plan.
Riding westbound diagonally across Jane with traffic. The eastbound direction is trickier to navigate.
Janet Joy bikes up St. Marks hill every workday morning!
Here on Ellis Ave, we discuss the most hazardous hedge in the area.
Trapped on the small island on the NW corner of Ellis and Lakeshore.
We have submitted a proposal to the city that would improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists at this and two other intersections along Lakeshore Blvd.
Ideally we would like to see separated bike and ped crossings on both east and west sides of this intersection. We were told that a stopgap measure of a northbound bike crossing might go in within a year (similar to the one at Colborne Lodge) but more extensive changes would have to wait for money and more approvals.
Looping back to High Park at the end of our tour, we run into this mysterious sign.
Many thanks to Jacquelyn and Sarah for taking the time today to tour the ward, and to take note of some of the improvements that can be made. We are all on the same page: we want to make it safe for everyone to get around by foot or by bike, and not just by car.