CycleTO Ward 30 Bikes: Problems/Opportunities Map – a text-list of the entries

At our November Ward 30 Bikes monthly general meeting it was decided we needed to take all the ideas on the “CycleTO Ward 30 Bikes: Problems/Opportunities” Map (http://goo.gl/maps/Musw4) and turn them into an easy to read list.

Here are all the posts on the map list – to the date of this post (2013/11/23):

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‘Neck-Downs’ on Pape at Riverdale Ave.

Paul Young of South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Ward 30 Councillor Fletcher, in conjunction with local residents and parents of children at nearby schools, got a ‘neck-down’ installed on Pape in the south-bound curb lane leading down to the turn onto Riverdale Ave., west-bound. It is hoped the measure will slow car traffic around this corner.

A couple of years ago through a similar exercise, residents got the south west corner sidewalk widened also; and now that place has trees, and only one traffic lane southbound on Pape south of Riverdale Ave., slows traffic there also.

The intersection was a hazard for pedestrians (and cyclists) – most of whom are students attending one or the other of the two nearby schools: Pape Avenue Junior Public School (just to the south) and the East Alternative School of Toronto (just east on Riverdale at Kiswick).

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Bike Lanes on Danforth

Bells on Danforth | A family-friendly bike ride on the Danforth
http://bellsondanforth.ca/

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Bike Lanes on Broadview Ave

Needed to collect east west corridors that need to funnel down to Dundas Separated Bike Lanes – connecting to River and then to Adelaide/Richmond separated bicycle corridor.

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Dundas / River: East/West Connections Broken

At Dundas and River, existing infrastructure encourages Westbound cyclists to take River Street Bike lanes North or South (depending on your destination). North to Gerrard to get to the Young/Bloor area; or South to Shuter Street and into the Downtown core.

Eastbound on Dundas, the left turn lane (South onto River St.) needs a Bike Box.

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River / Gerrard Left Turn Bike Box

River and Gerrard – needs a left-turn Bike Box on River at Gerrard to make the left turn onto Westbound Gerrard.

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Cycleway along the CNR/GO right-of-way

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Cherry Street: Lake Shore Blvd. Intersection is Unsafe

The Lower West Don Redevelopment plans to create a tunnel under the Rail lands just North of here – to connect the new neighbourhood to the Port Lands. Right now, Cherry Street across Lake Shore Blvd. is hell on two wells.

Submitted by: Brandon

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Connect Lower Don Rec. Trail to Broadview Ave.

Submitted by: Pat

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Connect Lower Don Rec. Trail to Broadview Ave. PROPOSED PATH

Total distance: 780.55 m
Submitted by: Pat

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North/South Corridor: Logan-Carlaw

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Fly-Over Bridge

Fly-Over Bridge creates a cycle corridor from Withrow Park at Danforth, to Unwin Ave. Tommy Thompson Park.

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Improve road surface on Logan/Carlaw

Add Bike Lanes to the Port Lands Streets.

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Dundas St: Cars Parked in the Bike Lanes

The rail track underpass over to Broadview Ave. – the school at Boulton and generally along here – lots of stopped and parked vehicles using the Bike Lane as parking spots.

Good reason for Separated Bicycle Lanes on Dundas?

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Dundas St: Cars, Trucks Parked in the Bike Lane

Lots of construction along here right now – but also lots of stopping and parking in the Westerly Bike Lanes for deliveries and visiting to the Artists Spaces on the south side of Dundas – stopping and parking on the North side too.

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Separated Bike Lanes on Dundas Street East

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Dixon Ave Contra-flow Bicycle Lane

Connects the Dundas Street Bike Lanes to an the street grid East of Kingston Rd.

Ward 30Cycling Group & Ward32Spokes:

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Carlaw / Lower Don Rec. Trail

Railway Tracks across the Lower Don Rec. Trail are dangerous.

Paul says he fell there this week (and has the big bruise on his hip and a raspberry on his elbow to prove it 🙂 — a year ago his young daughter fell at the same spot.

Is this rail line even in use? Can we remove these tracks?

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Greenwood / Queen: Bike Boxes Needed

‘T’ – Intersection
Bike Boxes needed east bound on Queen left-turn up Greenwood. South bound on Greenwood left-turn Bike Box for turning East bound onto Queen.
(Same as Jones / Queen)

(Brandon)

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Jones / Queen: Bike Boxes Needed

Last Updated by duncan on Oct 1
‘T’ – Intersection
Bike Boxes needed east bound on Queen left-turn up Jones. South bound on Jones left-turn Bike Box for turning East bound onto Queen.
(Same as Greenwood / Queen)

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Eastern Ave / Leslie St – Left-turn Bike Box

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26

Eastern Ave East bound, left-turn Bike Box to turn North onto Leslie St.

(Michael H)

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Cycle Track through Loblaws Parking Lot – East side of Leslie to Queen – Bike Lanes on Leslie to Gerrard

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26
Total distance: 1.27 km

Cycle Track along the west boundary of the Loblaws Parking Lot – in order to connect Martin Goodman Trail North across Lake Shore Blvd.

(Michael H)

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IMAGE: Community Concept for Leslie

Last Updated by plan4health on Jul 4
“A temporary Leslie Street Green Way – Promoting Pedestrian and Cyclist’s Safety” – a proposal by The Leslie Street Complete Streets Working Group (2011-12) to create a Gateway to the Portlands along Leslie Street – image by The Leslie St Complete Street working Group (illustration, Paul Young).
Full Size – click here (opens in a new tab/window)

For the original see Facebook – Ward 30 Cycling Group – ‘Files’ page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148229472024000/files/

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Extend Eastern Ave Bike Lanes to Knox (at least)

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26
(Brandon Q)

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Extend Bike Lane on Eastern – Cycle Track down Knox to Fly-Over Bridge

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26
Total distance: 594.35 m

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Fly-Over Bridge: Knox to Martin Goodman Trail

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26
(Michael H)

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Speed Bumps in Tommy Thompson Park

Last Updated by Michael Holloway < 1 minute ago
Speed bumps of any pitch on a parks’ multi-use trail are anathema to cycling culture.

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Path from Outer Harbour Marina road to Tommy Thompson Park

Last Updated by Michael on Sep 26
Total distance: 266.88 m
The dirt path is rough and most parts are overgrown with weeds.If it could be either paved or upgraded to granular surfacing, it would provide a scenic shortcut for park users who approach from the west via Unwin Ave. (Michael Black, Ward 22)

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Path to lighthouse in Tommy Thompson Park

Last Updated by Michael on Sep 26
The path is studded with sharp rocks and bricks, presumably to prevent cyclists from speeding down it. But the remedy is worse than the sickness: cyclists with expensive rims and road tires risk damaging their machines. Also, those using wheelchairs and mobility devices are prevented from accessing the viewing area at the top, near the lighthouse. As a solution, the path should be paved and made wide enough so that conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians are minimized. “Ride slowly” signs should eliminate most incidences of speeding.(Michael Black, Ward 22)

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Kingston Rd Bike Lanes – to Vic Park

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26

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Bike Sharrows / Pedestrian ways in Price Choppers Parking Lot

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26

The car-only design of the parking lot needs to incorporate the Bike Lane meme. As it is, it discourages local residents from using their bicycles to do their shopping.

Bicycle Lock-ups are of bad design, ugly, old, and too few. I counted 5 lock-up spots on Price Choppers property. The City has 10 spots on the walkway connecting the Lower Don Trail to the Parking Lot walkway (the only safe way in for pedestrians).
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Bike Sharrows / Pedestrian ways in Loblaws Parking Lot

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 26

The car-only design of the parking lot needs to incorporate the Bike Lane meme. As it is, it Discourages local residents from using their bicycles to do their shopping.

Bicycle Lock-ups are of bad design, ugly, old, and too few. I counted 20 lockups for bikes divided between the North and South entrances.

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Ward 32: Dixon Ave Contra-Flow enables routes East – to Martin Goodman Trail

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 27
Total distance: 2.14 km

Greg Burrell of Ward32Spokes wrote in this route – it hinges on the Dixon Ave Contra-Flow Bike Lane off the end of the Dundas Bike Lanes.

“..This features a series of contraflows but it’s possible to do it without affecting parking, which we think is key to community support. The same route (more or less) is in the city’s 2001 bike plan.”

Via Greg Burrell of Ward32Spokes – published in SoDa Bikes Google Group – soda-bikes@googlegroups.com

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Ward 32: Dixon Ave Cotra-Flow Enabled Routes East – to Main Street

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 27
Total distance: 650.59 m

Via Greg Burrell of Ward32Spokes – published in SoDa Bikes Google Group – soda-bikes@googlegroups.com

“..This features a series of contraflows but it’s possible to do it without affecting parking, which we think is key to community support. The same route (more or less) is in the city’s 2001 bike plan.”

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Ward 32: East Lynn – Hanson – Felstead

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 27
Total distance: 1.78 km

Greg Burrell of Ward32Spokes ‘wrote-in’ this route – it extends the already marked bike route down Woodmount Ave (that runs all the way up to O’Connor ) south of the Danforth and West over to the Greenwood Bike Lanes.

Via Greg Burrell of Ward32Spokes – published in SoDa Bikes Google Group – soda-bikes@googlegroups.com

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Tunnel Upgrade (completed)

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Oct 1
Total distance: 39.95 m

City of Toronto Transportation’s Cycling Infrastructure and Programs Unit upgraded this tunnel.

The completion announcement was made on September 30, 2013 in their Facebook Group, “City of Toronto Cycling” – https://www.facebook.com/groups/140997182582942/permalink/737963146219673/
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Greenwood to Broadview – Off Arterial

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Jun 27
Total distance: 2.48 km

Greg Burrell Ward32Spokes a ‘write-in’ submission. via SoDa Bikes Google Group post – soda-bikes@googlegroups.com
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Carlaw not consistent

Last Updated by dr on Jul 3
Carlaw north of Riverdale acts is the south-bound equivalent to the northbound bike lane on Logan. However, when it hits Riverdale it becomes a wide, unpleasant street that gets even worse after Gerrard. This creates a big gap in the Ward 30 cycle network. It needs a bike lane at least to Gerrard and maybe to Dundas, and then a signed route over to the Logan lane (2-way south of Gerrard).

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Right of way

Last Updated by Dan on Jul 4
Motorists turning right onto Lakeshore are often looking to their left (east) as they turn and are completely unaware of cyclists approaching from the West on the lower don recreation trail and fail to yield. Some also stop over the trail while waiting to turn. The trail should be better marked over intersections with clear signs for motorists to not only be aware but to yield.

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Kingston Road Reconstruction

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Aug 15

Separated Bike Lanes on Kingston Road Please.
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Bike Boxes at Gerrard and Greenwood

Last Updated by Michael Holloway on Aug 15

Harris Silver – at City of Toronto Cycling Facebook Group – posted about his accident here and proposes Bike Boxes – especially on Greenwood Southbound lanes at Gerrard.

Harris Silver`s post, linked at Ward 30 Cycling Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148229472024000/permalink/181314838715463/

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Multi-use paths through Withrow Park

Last Updated by Vivien on Nov 6
I see people cycling the wrong way southbound on Logan or northbound on Carlaw. Or cycling on the sidewalks running north-south along Withrow Park. We have an east-west multi-use path through the park. Suggestion: Create north-south multi-use paths on both sides of the park. And another east-west multi-use path at the south end.

Complete list to the date of this post (2013/11/23)

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