This has been a very long winter, especially for commuting by bike. Not that much more snow than usual, but there have been no breaks in the cold weather for any significant degree of melting back. My commuting route has been altered by a temporary relocation, and I’ve been biking along the Queensway, through High Park and Roncy, and then along College St. into downtown.
There are bike lanes along both sides of the Queensway, and the city has been doing a decent job of keeping them plowed. It is easier here than along a route like Harbord St. since there are not parked cars to block the straight path for a plow. At intersections, the plower portion of the bike lane can get a little narrow.
There is a short cut here, and I’m surprised to see several cycle tracks, since the ground is very bumpy ice from slush and snow having been trod upon and then refroze, covered by about 5 cm of fresh snow.
This is pretty treacherous riding without studded tires.
From High Park Avenue onwards, I’m back on pavement and things are fine.
Here on College, you can see that the sharrows on the south side are rendered mostly useless by snow banks. A bike lane might be only a simple line of paint to some, but it also means that the route gets some priority for snow clearance.
The weather forecast calls for warmer temps from here on in, although still a bit colder than historical averages. I’m certainly ready for spring at this point!