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Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

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Survey up on the City's website concerning the Danforth Complete Street (including Cycle Track); and the Planning study covering the Broadview to Coxwell portion.

You can skip the Planning portion if you wish.

Total survey time is a bit long at 15-20m.

So if you want to support the Bike lanes, this would be a good time to do that.

Also a chance to submit suggestions on how to further refine/improve this project.


On the complete street:

My suggestions were to make bump-outs standard at every side street making room for parklets with any boulevard parking removed in favour of same.

Also need to block extremely problematic left turns at unsignaled intersections (mid-road barrier) (done nicely)

On the Planning Study:

I suggested greater as-of-right heights at major intersections and over subway stations and a transition zone that goes further north/south of Danforth.

Also the need to require that podiums of larger buildings be visually articulated as if they were smaller buildings by varying material/colour.
 

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Bradford's email after the public presentation for a new design of Woodbine Ave. between Kingston and Gerrard.

Hi everyone,
Thanks to everyone who was able to join our community consultation meeting last night, and the many of you who submitted questions and comments in advance.

Proposed changes on Woodbine

As we discussed last night, the proposed changes to Woodbine would introduce a second northbound travel lane between Kingston Road and Gerrard Street in the afternoon peak times. This would restrict the current parking on the east side of Woodbine for a short window to help ease congestion and reduce cut-through traffic on neighbouring streets at the busiest times. We would also be lowering the speed limit on Woodbine to 40km/h and continue working on bringing in a number of traffic calming measures like speed-humps on surrounding streets.

The purpose of these changes is to make the street work better for everyone. There was not a pilot phase for the Woodbine bike lanes where we might have had more of an opportunity to make adjustments to the design. As we all know, it's harder and takes more time to fix things after the fact, but with your continued input and support, I believe we can help improve things for everyone who uses Woodbine.

Next steps

You can watch the meeting here, find my presentation here, and the staff presentation here. Please send me any additional questions or comments by Wednesday January 27th so we can try to incorporate feedback into a final proposal.
Once a proposal is finalized, it will be presented at Toronto East York Community Council in early April and the goal is to make any improvements to Woodbine before the end of 2021. I'll notify you of the meeting so you have an opportunity to make a public deputation on the item.

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I'm going to be blunt. This design, is a bit worrying.
 

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Bradford's email after the public presentation for a new design of Woodbine Ave. between Kingston and Gerrard.

Hi everyone,
Thanks to everyone who was able to join our community consultation meeting last night, and the many of you who submitted questions and comments in advance.

Proposed changes on Woodbine

As we discussed last night, the proposed changes to Woodbine would introduce a second northbound travel lane between Kingston Road and Gerrard Street in the afternoon peak times. This would restrict the current parking on the east side of Woodbine for a short window to help ease congestion and reduce cut-through traffic on neighbouring streets at the busiest times. We would also be lowering the speed limit on Woodbine to 40km/h and continue working on bringing in a number of traffic calming measures like speed-humps on surrounding streets.

The purpose of these changes is to make the street work better for everyone. There was not a pilot phase for the Woodbine bike lanes where we might have had more of an opportunity to make adjustments to the design. As we all know, it's harder and takes more time to fix things after the fact, but with your continued input and support, I believe we can help improve things for everyone who uses Woodbine.

Next steps

You can watch the meeting here, find my presentation here, and the staff presentation here. Please send me any additional questions or comments by Wednesday January 27th so we can try to incorporate feedback into a final proposal.
Once a proposal is finalized, it will be presented at Toronto East York Community Council in early April and the goal is to make any improvements to Woodbine before the end of 2021. I'll notify you of the meeting so you have an opportunity to make a public deputation on the item.

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I'm going to be blunt. This design, is a bit worrying.

I'll be blunter, its crap.

The issue is not additional through-capacity, its how to get turning vehicles out of the through traffic's way.

What's needed:

1) Eliminate the 3 parking spots south of Gerrard (NB Woodbine) to make a larger queue for right-turning vehicles.

2) Eliminate the merge-lane north of Kingston Road altogether. Its simply not needed and needlessly complicates things.

3) Due to above reduce Woodbine NB from Queen to Kingston to one through lane NB. and 1 through lane SB.

Use that extra space to provide bike lanes to Queen; and allow a longer right-turn queue lane to Kingston Road, plus add a left turn lane SB at Queen. Ban North to West left turns onto Kingston Rd from Woodbine.

4) Cut capacity on Lakeshore south of Queen SB to one lane all the way to Coxwell, and limit EB/NB to one lane with a dedicated right-turn lane at Queen and left-turns banned.
 

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https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto/comments/l1e5td

This is just sad, and with actual protected bike lanes, could have been avoided. I've previously emailed councillor Bradford about the edge lines on the Woodbine bridge that go up O'Connor to St.Clair East. They're flat out dangerous. Here was his response a few months ago:

The edge lines on the O'Connor bridge were installed in an effort to provide additional space for cycling in an area where there is not sufficient space for bike lanes. This bridge is not scheduled to undergo any sort of reconstruction in the near future, so we do not have any additional space to work with. Cyclists are encouraged to "Walk their Wheels" when crossing the bridge if on the sidewalk.

The city will, however, be reconstructing and resurfacing O'Connor and St. Clair from the bridge eastward. This will provide a safer route for those on bikes who will no longer have to contend with disastrous road conditions while cycling. We have been reporting potholes to the city for filling when we see them, or when they are reported to us. Once the Basement Flooding protecting construction is complete in this area, road reconstruction will begin. This road reconstruction also includes a redesign of the St. Clair/O'Connor intersection which includes narrowing of crossing distances, sharper corners which encourage vehicles to come to a complete stop before turning, removing of right-hand turn channels, and improvements to the public realm. This area will look completely different once the construction is complete. It will be painful to live through, but in the end, we'll have an area which is more pleasing and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.


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I genuinely think he cares about cycling safety and is one of the better councillors at city hall. That said, I don't know how to have him or the relevant city department take a serious look at the bridge.
 

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If it is not wide enough for a bike lane, they should put the Sharrow on the actual vehicle lane so there is no ambiguity.
 

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Maybe instead of sharrows, we should have dashed bike lanes that are part of the vehicle lane, and make it illegal to overtake in that vehicle lane (ie, need to fully exit the lane to pass). I feel like on that bridge, you could eliminate one of the bike 'shoulders', move the vehicle lanes to that side, and use the width to raise both 'shoulders' to sidewalk height, and make it into a MUP (shared with pedestrians). Would need to add a crosswalk on the east side of the bridge, most likely. This might require reconstruction of the sidewalks (and the drains), no sure how much that would be. In that event, you could eliminate the second sidewalk and add that to the width of a MUP.

I mean, FFS bikes and pedestrians mix much better than bikes and cars.
 

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There's a push on to consider, and Bradford seems like he might go for, cutting St. Clair Avenue East to one lane each way. (with bike lanes)

If that happens, we can begin to consider cutting the capacity on O'Connor. (for vehicles).

There's no denying it will be a challenge.

Perhaps one best met by having retractable bollards around a centre lane than can switch direction mid-day on weekdays.

Regardless. In the absence of cutting capacity on St. Clair, cutting capacity on O'Connor will just generate pushback from endless jams.

So we need to think about this holistically.

I'm pro-bike, but lets find a solution that's sustainable.

For further clarity, the status-quo is a non-starter.
 
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Tender out for what appears to be a 1 block extension of the Eglinton Avenue West multi-use path to the east.

I say appears, because the tender reads as extending the trail from Jane (where it ends now) to Glen Valley Drive, which best I can tell does not in fact meet Eglinton.

Upon examination of the road in the area, via Streetview, its my opinion that this is an extension of the trail from Jane to the access roads into the valley parks/golf course.

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Tender out for what appears to be a 1 block extension of the Eglinton Avenue West multi-use path to the east.

I say appears, because the tender reads as extending the trail from Jane (where it ends now) to Glen Valley Drive, which best I can tell does not in fact meet Eglinton.

Upon examination of the road in the area, via Streetview, its my opinion that this is an extension of the trail from Jane to the access roads into the valley parks/golf course.

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What we'll get...

 

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Tender out for what appears to be a 1 block extension of the Eglinton Avenue West multi-use path to the east.

I say appears, because the tender reads as extending the trail from Jane (where it ends now) to Glen Valley Drive, which best I can tell does not in fact meet Eglinton.

Upon examination of the road in the area, via Streetview, its my opinion that this is an extension of the trail from Jane to the access roads into the valley parks/golf course.

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The trail is planned to run along the north side of Eglinton from Jane, then cut up through Pearen Park to Pearen street behind the houses along Eglinton. Or at least that was my understanding. Not sure why they are saying that it terminates at Glenvalley.

There will still be a small gap between the trail and the Eglinton Connects plan, which ends at Weston Rd. not sure how that gap is planned to be closed.
 

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Survey up on the City's website concerning the Danforth Complete Street (including Cycle Track); and the Planning study covering the Broadview to Coxwell portion.

You can skip the Planning portion if you wish.

Total survey time is a bit long at 15-20m.

So if you want to support the Bike lanes, this would be a good time to do that.

Also a chance to submit suggestions on how to further refine/improve this project.


On the complete street:

My suggestions were to make bump-outs standard at every side street making room for parklets with any boulevard parking removed in favour of same.

Also need to block extremely problematic left turns at unsignaled intersections (mid-road barrier) (done nicely)

On the Planning Study:

I suggested greater as-of-right heights at major intersections and over subway stations and a transition zone that goes further north/south of Danforth.

Also the need to require that podiums of larger buildings be visually articulated as if they were smaller buildings by varying material/colour.
There were a couple of patios on Bloor W that attempted to replicate the ones on Danforth. The Bloor ones had wider lanes around the patios, and I think Danforth needs those, since it's almost impossible to pass people safely.
 

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