As we know, the bike lanes in Toronto leave something to be desired. Cyclists have been talking about it for a while, and now city officials have proposed a plan that would make Toronto more bike and pedestrian-friendly by creating special downtown “bikeways” (including one on the Bloor-Danforth corridor) as well as implementing pedestrian-friendly traffic signals. Daniel Egan, the city’s manager of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, said that they’re looking at “creative solutions,” such as shared lanes for cars and bikes in addition to bike-only lanes.
As for the execution of this plan in our congested downtown, Egan admits “The big challenge is south of Queen [Street],” and “there’s no easy solution.” Not to worry, though. Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, the chairman of the city’s public works committee, insists, “This is very do-able.”
His statement would be reassuring, except that he also describes the proposal as a “philosophical document,” and maybe it’s just us, but we find that sort of disconcerting.
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