People are already complaining about the new bike lanes on the Danforth
Danforth Avenue has new bike lanes at last, but the additional cycling routes are already drawing ire from some.
Painting has begun on the Danforth between Dawes Road and Broadview Avenue as part of the city's plan to add about 40 kilomtres to its cycling network by the end of the summer.
They're not entirely finished yet, but fresh coats of paint have been added to the Danforth to separate cyclists from traffic.
It’s detours & delays for drivers on Danforth as new bike lanes are being installed. Vehicle traffic reduced to one lane each way from Broadview-Dawes rd. It’s part of 25 km expansion of bike lane network that city accelerated due to coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/RbQ6Ee4EUn— carl hanstke (@carl680) July 16, 2020
The new bike lanes means that vehicle traffic in the area has been reduced to one lane, each way: something that drivers aren't happy with.
The city’s newest bike lane on Danforth (complete with illegally parked truck 😅) pic.twitter.com/cQMa69NC7W— Ginella Massa (@Ginella_M) July 15, 2020
While cyclists are rejoicing about the addition of this new safety measure, it seems vehicles on the road just don't get the concept of street parking adjacent to bike lanes.
New bike lane under construction on danforth. Drivers immediately show why the planned physical barriers are needed. Even the meter thick bright blue paint isn’t enough compared to driver entitlement. pic.twitter.com/3wdhG2xDrC— Michael Kurz (@kurz_m) July 20, 2020
Many have taken photos of vehicles in the bike lanes to show how physical barriers, not just paint, is needed to protect cyclists from illegal parking.
The problem is excerbated by the fact that in some stretches, the bike lane is the same as the lane for cars so there is no other option than for motorists to drive in the bike lane.
There's also some muddy planning at Broadview and Danforth, where a bike lane and a vehicle lane for right-turning drivers weave together in a confusing and dangerous way, especially for newbie cyclists.
Phase 2 of Danforth's bike lane construction begins tonight, and will see new lanes run between Jones and Woodbine.
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