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Woodbine bike lanes approved, will connect with O’Connor bridge “edge line” lanes

As we previously reported, the City of Toronto last month installed mini-sized bicycle lanes along the edge of both sides of the four-lane road on the O’Connor Drive bridge spanning Taylor Creek Park.  Now it has also approved 2017 installation of regular-sized bike lanes running the length of Woodbine Ave., which will connect with the O’Connor lanes.

Map of proposed Woodbine bike lanes -CITY OF TORONTO

Map of newly approved Woodbine bike lanes -CITY OF TORONTO

Installation of the Woodbine lanes, which will run from O’Connor south to Queen St. E. on both sides of the road, has been scheduled to start in early spring of 2017 and is expected to take “a few weeks” to complete, Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis told East York Chronicle in an interview.

The so-called “edge-line” O’Connor bridge lanes, much narrower than traditional bike lanes but still able to accommodate two-wheeled traffic going single file, debuted on Friday, September 16, when the solid line markings appeared.

City official Jacquelyn Hayward reviews bike lane proposal with Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and attendee at June 22 meeting.  -GARY W-P

City official Jacquelyn Hayward reviews bike lane proposal with Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis and attendee at June 22 meeting. -GARY W-P

“Local cyclists have long called for a safer way to cross the O’Connor bridge,” Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis, who represents the area. noted in her online newsletter in July.

 

“The bridge is not wide enough for full bike lanes but narrower lanes and ‘edge-lines’ will provide cyclists with a buffer between the sidewalk and vehicles,” Ms Davis wrote.

 

The Woodbine lanes were approved after a series of public consultation meetings on the topic in June, as previously reported.  Council endorsed the project unanimously.

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