Today was a red letter day for biking in Toronto, not so much because of the election, but because a new section of bike lane went in between Borden and Spadina sometime over the weekend. This completes a continuous bike lane from Ossington to Queen’s Park and beyond.
Here are some before and after pictures, with the before pictures taken last Thursday.
Right by the Harbord Bakery, which led the fight to block this section of bike lane for over a decade. Last week, the sharrows were scrubbed out.
To put in bike lanes in this section, they did have to remove parking from one side of the street. Across from the bakery, you can see that this van is blocking the new bike lane in a spot that used to be parking.
The city is getting smarter about the installation of these bike lanes. This time, the parking signs were removed or covered over at the same time that parking was removed. You can see a covered parking permit machine on this new section of bike lane.
Equally exciting is the activation of the new bicycle traffic lights at the Hoskins/Queen’s Park intersection. You can see the two phase crossing in the video below. This traffic light fixes the car/bike conflict that was noted in a video linked in this earlier post.
Quite a bit of progress since two weeks ago.