I missed last Saturday’s celebratory ride-in, so today was my chance to take a test ride over to East Lynn Park for the art fair. Normally, I would have walked, but now it feels safe to cycle.
Two Danforth East Arts Fair highlights: Anthony Jim and Jeremy and Jenn
I pedalled up the hill. Not bad, with gears. Aha! The bollards are installed. I wonder if they play well with snow ploughs. And where DOES the snow go? Do cycle paths become snow mounds?
Cyclists’ dread of car doors is greatly reduced, thanks to markings that allow for opening swings on the passenger side.
Cycle paths have to be wide, to allow passing room for e-bikes, which are allowed to use them. 🙁
There will always be scofflaws. Below, an unmarked tradesman van blocks the bike lane near O’Connor, causing cyclists to take to the sidewalk rather than risk the car lanes. Yesterday, I saw a motorcyclist pretending he was on an e-bike. His big belly, leather and studs tell me he knows he’s a not an e-biker.
Some motorists don’t like the change, like the woman who turned into the crosswalk I was using. “One lane?” she growled at me, out her open window.
I see it this way. There are 168 hours in a week. For 158 of those, motor traffic on Woodbine isn’t affected by the bike lanes at all. For a couple of hours, every weekday, motorists do suffer a delay of two or three minutes. That’s 10 hours out of 168 … not enough to justify exclusive use to motorists.
“Sharrows” do not feel safe and frankly, drivers don’t like them, either. We need bike lanes that connect to one another. A patchwork of isolated bike routes is fairly useless. Woodbine now links to paths on Dundas and allows safe access to Taylor Creek Park on the north end and the Martin Goodman Trail by the lake.
For locals who complain that there was no public consultation, sorry … there was. Two big public meetings were held a year ago, email newsletters have been available for steady updates, an online survey generated 60% Strongly Support vs 26% Strongly Oppose and the local councillor has been banging on about the lanes in the local paper, on her websites and TV news.