https://urbantoronto.ca/forum/threa...scape-improvements.25913/page-26#post-1313156Here in the narrower City Right-Of-Way on Beecroft Road between Sheppard Ave and ParkHome Ave,... there's a violation of Toronto Complete Streets Guideline,... Can anyone spot it??? The easiest and cheapest fix (anyone figure out how?),... might actually force CityStaff to change to Bi-Directional CycleTracks along west-side of Beecroft where it's long & continuous with minimal cyclist-vehicle conflict points.
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My understanding is the Bi-Directional CycleTracks version was also developed internally but never presented; thus, now at 30% engineering - it's now or never. Problem is the local Councillor is,....it'll be better and safer for his ward,... but the local Councillor is,.... arghhhh!!!
Bi-directional tracks are also safer for cyclists. They are less likely to be in blind spots of drivers.From a cyclist perspective, this will allow fully protective (Jersey barrier or guard rails) Bi-Directional CycleTracks along the west-side of Beecroft Road where cyclist-vehicle conflict points are minimized in both number and vehicular traffic volume. CycleTracks with fully protective barriers (Jersey barrier or guard rails) will be especially important along accident-prone area of Beecroft Road south of Churchill Ave with sharp road curves.
While I live in the core, I do travel occasionally to Yonge and Finch by car, and I’m always struck by the unpleasant, degraded walking experience on that part of Yonge, when I park the car and magically transform from a driver to a pedestrian. Why anybody would want to preserve that exurban/suburban form for the next fifty years is beyond me.
If there's going to be any bike infrastructure included, it should be on Yonge Street.
Any cyclist that already uses Yonge isn't going to go out of their way to take Beecroft or Doris. And if the goal is to encourage cycling as a mode of transportation, cycling infrastructure on Doris and Beecroft won't be nearly as effective as on Yonge. The fact is Doris and Beecroft don't connect users to any destinations - entertainment, restaurants, groceries, subway stations etc. Users will still be forced to cycle along Yonge to reach these places.
Putting cycling infrastructure on Doris and Beecroft will be throwing away $10-20 million of taxpayers money on what is essentially a glorified signed bike route. It is not a compromise, it's simply a bad idea.