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Sharrows Land on Bloor

Sharrows on Bloor Street at Yonge Street

Sharrows on Bloor Street East at Church Street
Sharrows on Bloor at Yonge (top) and Church (bottom). Photos by David Topping/Torontoist.


Though they only last for three hundred metres so far, this is no small victory for cyclists. Bloor Street East, between just west of Yonge and just east of Church, has just gained freshly painted sharrows on both sides of the street. From what we saw today on the recently renovated roadway, they seem to be doing their jobs already: motorists are giving cyclists a bit more space than usual, and cyclists have moved a bit more into the road rather than towards the curb. That the painted-on sharrows literally impress cyclists’ place on the road will, as they spread around the city and along Bloor, hopefully go a long way towards changing everyone’s attitudes towards who our streets belong to—the correct answer being everyone.
Hat tip to @chriskayTO for the discovery.

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