Bloor Street Redesign Has A Hate-On For Bikes?
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Bloor Street Redesign Has A Hate-On For Bikes?

Peter Kuitenbrower writes about the Bloor St. Redesign in the National Post today. At first glance, the plan seems great, lots of trees, public art, better walkways for pedestrians and fewer parking spots. All good things if you want to make a more walkable neighbourhood.
2006_5_24bloorbef.jpgWe were saddened to read that bike lanes were nowhere to be found in this plan. If the BIA and the City were planning to widen the sidewalk and take away parking spots, a bike lane could’ve been put in along the stretch of Bloor between Church and University, taking away what would’ve been a huge hurdle for the Take the Tooker campaign that wants to see a continuous bike lane along the Bloor-Danforth corridor.
2006_5_24blooraft.jpgBut this oversight isn’t peculiar. There doesn’t seem to be much political will for bike lanes and not from this particular part of the city. But what is alarming for Torontoist is how cyclists seemed to be completely ignored in these plans. In almost all of the Brown and Storey drawings the city’s bike posts are missing, replaced by planters. Here’s just one set of examples (the before shots are above)
We love flowers and benches as much as the next person but hope that this is just an oversight by Brown and Storey and not how the street is actually going to be designed. Designing streets to be more walkable isn’t always easy. And convincing the business owners of Yorkville to give up street parking must’ve taken some serious arm twisting but let’s not forget that it’s not just about cars and pedestrians.