My regular commute takes me down Harbord as far east as St. George, so it’s been a little while since I checked out Hoskin Ave. For the longest time, this stretch was taken up by sewer work on the south side. Today I saw that the construction was over, but the bike lane was mostly coned off by a movie production.
Reaching the intersection with Queen’s Park Crescent, I was very pleased to see this push button dedicated to cyclists.
A little further on, there is a gap in the concrete curb, and I surmise that this is so that cyclists that want to turn right into the U of T campus can merge with car traffic. If this is true, this is a potential deathtrap since the car traffic here is very fast. I can see that the placement of this gap in the curb is convenient for pedestrians, but it is the wrong place for bikes.
Further south, this is the intersection with segment of Wellesley that cuts across Queens Park.
You can see that car traffic is directed to turn in all directions, but the separated bike lane only accommodates one direction of turning.
Viewed from a different angle, you can see the path for pedestrians across the triangular island. I guess that it is possible that bikes could also use this feature.
A much better solution would be to have a gap in the concrete curb just north of the triangular island so that bikes could cross over to the car lane at a position just short of the stop sign, where the cars (if present) would either be stopped or moving slowly.
The bike lane markings on the Wellesley segment are still going in. It is getting close to too late in the season to be able to have the marking adhere properly to the asphalt.
East of Queen’s Park Crescent from this point, there is still much to be done on the separated bike lane along Wellesley, and the the segment between Bay and Yonge is at an even earlier stage of construction. It will be interesting to see if this construction can get done before winter descends for real.