In 2015, the city announced a plan for priority snow clearance for some downtown bike routes for the upcoming winter. With hysterical news coverage announcing a major snowfall for Tuesday of this week, this morning was a good opportunity to check up on how the city was doing on clearing bike lanes of snow.
To be fair, most of my bike into work was outside the priority area.
The Annette St. bike lanes were OK.
although as you can see, the habit that snow plows have of giving parked cars an extremely wide berth is problematic.
Dupont looked pretty good.
well travelled side streets like Shanly were also fine.
and Bloor was great.
The plowing of the contraflow lane on Shaw could be charitably described as indifferent.
and I’d give Harbord mixed reviews as well, although as this photo shows, the painted buffers do make a difference.
Overall, I’d say a grade between B- and C+.
Update: Shaw looked better the next morning. Looks like they did another pass with a plow, rather than the bank just melting back.
On the minus side, U of T had worked on a safe zone around Convocation Hall for pedestrians, but they’ve decided that this is a great dumping ground for snow. Note that they used to dump it on a nearby section of King’s College Circle, but this way they get to preserve about three precious parking spaces.