Birchmount Bike Lane

Birchmount bike lanes latest to bite the dust

There's a new sign of fall in Toronto — the removal of bike lanes. At the beginning of the month we took note of the de-installation of the Pharmacy Avenue lanes, and as of late last week, work had begun on relieving Birchmount of its cycling infrastructure as well. This doesn't come as a surprise — along with those on Jarvis, both lanes had been earmarked for removal by city council back in July — but it still looks rather odd to see the bike markings buffed out.

Birchmount Bike Lane Removal

On the flip side, opponents of the lanes will likely argue that with their removal there's enough space to accommodate an additional lane for vehicles in both directions (assuming that the centre turning lane is also eliminated) for significant stretches between Kingston Road and St, Clair. I suppose it doesn't really matter who's right given that the lanes are doomed either way, but even if the extra space for cars is made available, it sure doesn't seem like traffic was snarled on account of the bike lanes in the first place.

What's that old saying? If ain't broke...

Birchmount Bike Lane RemovalBike Lane Birchmount Removed

Photos by Martin Reis


Latest Videos



Latest Videos


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

30 notable businesses that closed in Toronto this year

12 Days of Giveaways Day 10: Win a $500 travel gift card from Travelzoo

People are having a hard time agreeing on what constitutes a living wage in Toronto

12 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a year's supply of quality coffee

Here's where to see some of the best Christmas lights in and around Toronto this winter

People seem more confused than ever about Ontario Place parking garage

Here are all of the 2024 statutory holidays in Canada

Canada to allow international students to work full time but uncertainty remains