The Martin Goodman Trail gets a huge amount of pedestrian and bike traffic, especially during the summer. The city has been slowly upgrading the various access points. In the western part of the trail between the Humber River and the the CNE grounds, you have to cross Lakeshore Blvd. At the intersection with Colborne Lodge, there has been an attempt to separate both north and southbound pedestrian bike traffic. This is what the intersection looks like from above, and on street view.
From this street view looking north, you can see that the NS crossing on the west side of the intersection has a well marked crosswalk, as well as a paved pad halfway across. All pedestrians, as well as southbound bike traffic is supposed to use this crossing. The east side of the intersection has no such features, and is intended for northbound bike traffic only.
Approaching the intersection by bike from the north, the first thing you see is this sign:
Proceeding towards the intersection, there is a separate signal that is intended for bikes, as well as a walk signal for pedestrians. However, most bicyclists stop at the marked crosswalk, and from this position the bike signal is not very visible. The ghost bikes on this side are for Nigel Gough, who was killed here last fall.
The intention is for bikes to wait for the bike signal. The pedestrian walk signals goes in two stages, and the bike signal is green to synchronize with the second walk signal, as you can see in this video (watch it turn green at about 23 seconds):
In practice, most bicyclists cross with the walk signal, in two steps. This is further confused by a tendency for almost all cyclists to also use this side for northbound crossings, as seen in this photo.
There is actually a northbound crossing on the east side, intended for bike traffic only. Here you can see the signage, along with the three dots that mark a sensor for triggering the northbound bike signal. I checked out the sensor, and it works.
This is all well and good (although most bicyclists don’t know about it), except for the fact that the bike light stays green for less than 10 seconds, much shorter than the time allowed for the southbound bike light. Check it out in this video:
If it takes you a second or two to realize the light is green, then this is not enough time for most to get across, and if you don’t get across, there is no safe place to stand in the middle of the intersection. Also, if you are stranded halfway across, there is no way to trigger the light! All this would be vastly improved with two simple fixes: one is to retime the light to give at least 15 seconds. The second would be to lower the signage so that it is eye level with a cyclist. Finally, there could be some pavement markings to put down (sharrows perhaps?) to make the crossing more visible to everyone.