The Harbord / Hoskins corridor is a heavily travelled bike route that connects the Wellesley bike lanes and points further east to Ossington Ave. The city decided several years back to upgrade the corridor, and they invested a significant amount of money, especially in improving signalling at the intersections of Hoskins and Wellesley with Queen’s Park Crescent, as well as building a protected bi directional lane across Queen’s Park. Harbord St. originally had bike lanes for part of its length. The new plan was to make these bike lanes continuous the whole length of Harbord.
At the final public consultation in March 2014, the final plan was shown to the public. Most of what was shown has now been installed, with the exception of the bike lanes on Hoskins, between St. George and Queen’s Park. As seen in this picture, this section has a bike lane on the north side, and a bike lane buffered by parked cars on the south side.
On the south side, these were the markings that were put down.
Working out from the curb, there is a bike lane, a door buffer zone, and then what is supposed to be the lane where cars park. However, with no other indication of what is going on, of course cars parked next to the curb.
and then just short of Queen’s Park, the parking lane reappears for a short segment.
Obviously, back in May, neither the cyclists or the people who parked cars had any idea of what the new markings were supposed to be. What further confused things was that the older bike lane markings were never erased properly.
Further work on this section was interrupted by the Pan Am and Parapan Am games in July – August. This is the state of the bike lanes post Pan Am.
Once again, cars parked next to the curb, and perhaps a forlorn diamond symbol indicating where the bike lane is supposed to be?
This time, the city has put up a row of barrels during construction to keep cars from parking by the curb, and I’m told that there will be a row of bollards installed to keep cars from parking by the curb.
There was still some confusion this morning with bikes riding on both sides of the row of barrels. The bollards will be placed in the buffer zone that is meant to keep bikes from being doored by the passenger side door of parked cars.
Update: here are some pictures after the bollards went in.