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Ryerson's Victoria Lane to get a bike-friendly makeover

Posted by Derek Flack / January 28, 2014

Victoria Lane RyersonFor all the development in Toronto, there are still plenty of under-thought spaces with untapped potential. Case in point: Victoria Lane. Running parallel to Yonge between Dundas and Gould, the nondescript alleyway is a drab space that's only noteworthy attribute is that it's home to Ryerson's bike storage area. Acknowledging the missed opportunity to turn this space into something more pedestrian and, fittingly, bike-friendly, the AIAS REvitalization Group has launched a design competition to rethink the lane.

It's a modest competition -- only $30,000 is earmarked for materials -- but one that could have a positive impact on a downtown campus that faces challenges in establishing a unified identity. Eight designs have been submitted to the competition, most of which play up the presence of the bike storage facilities. While some are clearly stronger than others, each take on Victoria Lane would represent a vast improvement over the current space. Voting on the designs is open until February 5th.



Simms / January 28, 2014 at 11:28 am
How is this bike friendly? Perfectly good wheels hanging in the sky?
jameson / January 28, 2014 at 11:48 am
Ryerson's Bike Storage room is a bit of a joke. Everyone stores their bike in there for the winter for free and never take them out or most students park their bikes in there and never use them (since it's free why not?) making it impossible for most students to get a spot in there unless you remember to register within the first weeks of classes.

not to mention victoria lane is usually filled with broken glasses bottles which is the last thing you possible want to bike on...

good thought tho, hope the competition goes well!

-angry ryerson alumni who biked to ryerson for 4 years and had his bike stolen twice b/c i couldn't get a spot in the bike room
hamish wilson / January 28, 2014 at 08:30 pm
It's always frustrating to start making comparisons between what gets spent with a bike theme (like the I WeiWei at Nuit Blanche) vs. what could be done on-street, but since it's only $25,000 a km to repaint a road for bike lanes, we could redo Bloor St. from Sherbourne to Church with bike lanes for that sum and do a bit of the Bike Plan languishing undone since 2001, though that part of Bloor was nodded to as best for east-west in 1992.
Corky / January 28, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Lots of non-solutions to a non problem. Congrats Ryerson - go waste some paint.
Jeff / January 29, 2014 at 05:21 am
Yo Ryerson here's my proposal - PUT UP THE SAM THE RECORD MAN SIGN!!!! Why are you doing a competition when you still owe us a sign?
Chris / January 29, 2014 at 11:27 am
does anybody know what happened to WeiWei's sculpture after Nuit Blanche? It was an instant hit so I feel like it should have been moved to another location, possibly Yonge-Dundas Square so people could continue to enjoy it
koko replying to a comment from Jeff / January 29, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Actually why not both?
Having a competition to let designers figure out how to reuse the sign is actually a very good idea Jeff! The sign definitely deserves a second life.
David replying to a comment from Corky / January 29, 2014 at 04:28 pm
I enjoyed your proposal too, Corky.
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