Bloor bike lane pilot project approved by Toronto council
Council voted 38-3 to move ahead with a pilot project of installing physically separated cycle tracks along a 2.6-km stretch of Bloor.
By BEN SPURR - Staff Reporter at The Toronto Star
After decades of advocacy by Toronto’s cycling community, bike lanes are coming to Bloor St.
Following a lengthy debate Wednesday, council voted 38-3 to move ahead with a pilot project of installing physically separated cycle tracks along a 2.6-km stretch of Bloor St. West between Shaw St. and Avenue Rd. The city’s transportation department plans to install the lanes by late summer, and report back in the third quarter of 2017 with recommendations about whether they should be made permanent, modified, or removed.
The council vote was a major victory for bicycle advocates, who have long argued that cycling infrastructure is needed on Bloor because the major east-west downtown thoroughfare attracts a significant volume of riders, but offers them little protection from motor traffic. The idea for bike lanes on the street has been debated by city officials and advocates since at least the early 1970s.
Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) one of two local councillors who spearheaded the initiative, said the decision was “long overdue” and shows that city politicians have outgrown the divisive disputes about the “war on the car” that characterized much of the last council term.
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