The reality is that you probably only see cyclists going east-west because those are the safest routes currently. I personally wouldn't feel safe cycling on Yonge, and if I were to cycle in the area I wouldn't cycle on Yonge Street. That's not to say that I wouldn't IF there were cycle tracks available. In Yonge-Eglinton 50% of peak hour trips that are less than 1km are made by car, and 43% are by foot. with only 1% by bike. This is because there isn't any protected cycling infrastructure in the area. In fact, all the cycling routes are nowhere near where all the bike racks and bike parking are located (along Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue). I wouldn't be surprised if a similar scenario is playing out around Yonge/Sheppard currently.
Along Beecroft Road there's North York Library, Aquatic Centre, MelLastman Sq, Churches, etc,.. Most of the area's larger retail areas like Yonge-SheppardCentre, EmpressWalk, EmeraldPark, North York City Centre are large enough to be accessed from Beecroft & Doris.
For that very reason, we should be putting cycle tracks on Yonge. We should be building safe cycling infrastructure on the roads that are the least safe - that's the whole point of cycle tracks. Why are we spending millions of dollars making something that - according to Sunnyraytoronto's usage statistics - is already much times safer than Yonge. Help those most at risk on Yonge, create better connections to destinations rather than "backdoor" access, and still connect to the Hydro Corridor, and Under 401 (which Beecroft would not actually connect to) while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.- Beecroft has many fewer intersections, so there are fewer potential conflict points
- Beecroft is a lower-traffic street
- Beecroft is adjacent to some parks, and would connect better to the Finch hydro corridor
For that very reason, we should be putting cycle tracks on Yonge. We should be building safe cycling infrastructure on the roads that are the least safe - that's the whole point of cycle tracks. Why are we spending millions of dollars making something that - according to Sunnyraytoronto's usage statistics - is already much times safer than Yonge. Help those most at risk on Yonge, create better connections to destinations rather than "backdoor" access, and still connect to the Hydro Corridor, and Under 401 (which Beecroft would not actually connect to) while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
I think my general concern is that, whether you put a bi-directional bike lane on the adjacent parallel streets, you will inevitably still have cyclists aiming to go to Yonge that will still be left in a vulnerable state. How do you think these road users will interact with between the parallel corridors and Yonge Street? I would imagine you'd see cyclists going east/west to/from Yonge, but still cycling mid-block along Yonge St to access a destination. Unless the assumption is that the majority of trips will access secondary entrances from behind?
Let’s hope they don’t pull a York Region and make the bike lane go onto street level ONLY at signalized intersections, even at T-intersections. (Example at Highway 7/Court Yard Ln).NOTE: Most of Beecroft Road signalized intersections are "T" shaped (vs "+" shaped) with no intersecting street along west-side of Beecroft, meaning, you can walk north-south "against red-light" here!,... that's why I'd perfer cycling infrastructure be West of sidewalk here onto open green space, so Cyclist don't have to stop at intersection!
Gee,... Wouldn't it be great if we can get the vast majority of these east-west side street to dead end before meeting the north-south street! Oh,... We already have that! Due to North York Centre's protective road grid system, 90% of all east-west side streets from the single residential house area between Sheppard & Finch already dead end or "loop-out" (in Orange) and thus never intersect with Beecroft Rd or Doris Ave!
And since west-side Beecroft Rd is generally open greenspace with no-house/commercial fronting onto it,.... it means going Bi-Directional you can actually put in fully protective CycleTracks with guard-rails/Jersey barriers (which you can't on Yonge).
Given Tory's hold on votes, I think the likely and predictable outcome will be Enhance Yonge and Beecroft will get the lanes. I just hope they don't compromise and actually put in proper physically separated lanes and not just sharrows. The lanes should go from Sheppard to Finch hydro corridor with E-W connectors to all 3 stations so that cyclists can get from residential streets to the subway stations on dedicated cycling ROW.
Now with Tuesday's CityCouncil vote, I expect Councillor Shiner's modified 6-lane "Enhance Yonge" with 3.0m Centre Median to win at City Council. The only real question is whether Councillor Filion will vote in favour of it,.... he should since it maximize public realm pedestrian sidewalk width gain (what his constituents really want) and bring $60 million of infrastructure money into his Ward 23 VS $51 million on TransformYonge VS $30 million for just repaving as is.
BTW, since last summer I've been warning Councillor Filion & office on CityStaff's 3.0m VS 4.5m Centre Median scheme,... so he's might be really clever getting Councillor Shiner to do all the work while getting an extra $9 million of infrastructure money into his Ward 23,... or it'll all blow up in his face,....
It's ironic because they did that on purpose. They did it so cars would go off of Yonge and on to Beecroft and Doris without infiltrating the neighbourhood. Now we're shunting bikes off of Yonge so cars can stay on the street.
I guess the question to ask is whether you're trying to solve an engineering problem or a citybuilding issue.