Today was the second and final day for Open Streets TO this year. I didn’t have a lot of time to visit, but I wanted to make sure that I saw the pop up bike lane on Bloor that was planned by Cycle Toronto. The other big enhancement from the August date was that the closure extended significantly further west, to just past Christie, so that the safe zone connected to a corner of Christie Pits.
Here is that pop up bike lane, installed right by the Cycle Toronto tent. They have a campaign to garner public support for a pilot bike lane on Bloor in the Annex. If approved, it will happen in 2016.
This video shows what it felt like to ride on a protected bike lane on Bloor. Just imagine looping it so that it lasts more than a few seconds and a few tens of meters.
Between Avenue and Bay, on the south side is the ghost bike recently reinstalled in memory of Darcy Allen Sheppard, reminding us that the streets of Toronto are not safe at all times.
On the way back, I chat with the good folks at Curbside Cycles. Dave suggest that we run another kids and cargobike rally during the next Open Streets TO event. What a great idea!
A glimpse of what a car free Annex would look like.
And all too soon, the safe zone ends, back at Christie.
Thanks to all the folks and volunteers who made this Open Streets TO possible. Hopefully this will become an annual event that people can put into their calendars at the start of the summer, so that the crowds would grow year by year.
Update: a Star interview with the organizers about their vision for the future.