Winter Maintenance Efficacy Report: Dec 01-02 Freezing Drizzle, Light Snow 30 hrs – 12.4cm

By Michael Holloway @michaelholloway111
December 6, 2019 (updated December 8, 2019 @ 1:32 p.m.)
[From social media posts bookmarked starting December 2nd]

Andrew Lewis Twitter Collage Dec 3 2019 DST 0521
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Ward 14 Bikes is tracking the efficacy of City of Toronto Winter Maintenance Operations with regard to the timely clearing of snow from bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Toronto roadways using road user posts from Twitter and Facebook.

The purpose of this project is to shine a light on and effect change in, efficacy of Toronto Winter Operations with regard to cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure after a major winter weather event – the product of a City of Toronto winter maintenance capacity which can barely keep arterial roadways and highways clear – let-alone the capacity to effectively facilitate the completion of trips by other modes.

This is a linked list of social media posts made by cyclist and pedestrian road users describing conditions in the aftermath of a December 1st and 2nd 2019 storm event that started with freezing drizzle and continued with light snow for 30 hours with a total accumulation of 12.4cm.

Environment Canada | Pearson – Historical Weather + Hourly Data Report for December 1-2 2019

Environment Canada Pearson Historical Weather December 2019 and Hourly Data Report for December 1-2 2019 screen captures Dec 3 COLLAGE
Environment Canada Pearson – Historical Weather, December 2019 + Hourly Data Reports, December 1-2 2019 (links for hourly data at Environment Canada, on the left) screen captures Dec 3, 2019

UPDATE: December 8, 2019

5.4 cm more snow fell on Dec 6th (2:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; +72 HRS to +84 HRS sub-folders). It appears from the online feedback evidenced below that the city cleared the Dec 1-2 accumulation by 48 HRS and then conducted detail work (intersection windrows etc.) before the end of the +72 HRS period — and then the Friday, December 6th 5.4 cm snow event happened — and it looks like the city has done NO PLOUGHING of Bike Lanes after that accumulation; and salt runoff from the traffic lanes has not penetrated the windrows into the bike lanes creating scenes like this:

Tim Eddis Cycling in Toronto Dec 6 10-03am
Cycling in Toronto | Tim Eddis Dec 6 10:03 AM | “This was 48 hours after Sundays snow. Every route I took was about like this…Bloor viaduct, Sherbourne, Richmond…all the busiest, ‘best’ bike lanes. Overall, I’d say a D+. They tried in some spots, but anyone who isn’t experienced and skilled as a cyclist would be in danger. We can do WAY better.”
Environment Canada Pearson Historical Weather December 2019 and Hourly Data Report for December 6 2019 screen captures Dec 8 COLLAGE
Environment Canada | Pearson – Historical Weather December 2019 + Hourly Data Report for December 6, 2019 screen captures Dec 8th

Dec 01-02 Freezing Drizzle Light Snow 30hr 12.4cm

+0 HRS
Kathleen Mackey on Twitter: “Hi @311Toronto! Dundas St E needs clearing, EB lane just east of Logan. The traffic lane is black asphalt but the bike lane is half full of snow and blocked in some portions. Speaking of Logan, Logan bike lanes need clearing too (whole stretch, both directions). Thanks!” / Twitter
person on bike in ❄ on Twitter: “@311Toronto @TO_Transport @TO_Cycling #bikeTO is used to some pretty “crappy” treatment but this is a new low… River St. #bikelane northbound at Mark St.. Yes, I emailed the details… @kristynwongtam @TOCentreCyclist https://t.co/hZZltWzBTM” / Twitter
person on bike in ❄ on Twitter: “@m_holloway @Walk_TO @TO_WinterOps #shuterbikelane not cleared pretty much e2e. Objects preventing clearing of River St northbound. https://t.co/wO3ZmpjsFj” / Twitter
Ward 14 Bikes on Twitter: “Toronto Winter Maintenance Efficacy Tracking December 01-02 Snow & Freezing Drizzle Event left 3cm total; so no ploughing by the city – just salt. #BikeTO – How was your bike lane this morning? ^mh https://t.co/4OeSb5LRDo” / Twitter
Michael Holloway – Schroedinger’s Cyclist on Twitter: “Salting car lanes is (I guess) supposed to flow into the bike lanes & clear them too. It’s not working. Image via @TPS_BikeHart – 3:07 PM · Dec 2, 2019 https://t.co/p05SZdFefr Bookmarked: “Dec 01-02 Freezing Drizzle 27hr Light Snow 7cm” sub-folder “+0 HRS” #bikeTO @Walk_TO https://t.co/w1O7KbN9ws” / Twitter
Andrew Lewis on Twitter: “The #bikeTO lanes on the Bloor Viaduct, Wellesley, Sherbourne, and Richmond (pictured in order) are unridable today, not because they weren’t plowed, but because of how they were plowed. #TakeTheLane Well done @TO_WinterOps @TO_Cycling @311Toronto. #TOpoli https://t.co/PxhQc1XBOo” / Twitter
Kathleen Mackey on Twitter: “Not sure if it’s been plowed yet but the sidewalk across from 24 Main Street was completely covered with snow. I think whoever plows the Bell driveway forgot about the sidewalk. Can this be cleared @311Toronto? I think the official address may be 19 Main Street? https://t.co/E0PdnPJdS2” / Twitter
Messy Monday commute | Biking in a Big City
+12 HRS
Lanrick Bennett Jr. on Twitter: “Morning @311Toronto Let me know if I need to email you this to start a ticket: Bike Lanes on the Bloor Viaduct from Broadview Av past Cambridge Av are flirting with @AODAontario violations. This needs to be monitored as 1 of 2 accessible crossing for #Ward14 Cc: @PaulaFletcherTO https://t.co/jAShxzJmqk” / Twitter
Simon Evans on Twitter: “For those riding, Bloor from Shaw going east is an ice rink no salt. Harbours bike lane is non existent, College not bad a bit clear after Bay. @311Toronto @CycleToronto @Ward14Bikes stay warm! Oh and my hi viz and helmet did not stop the close pass be safe” / Twitter
(1) Larry Koch on Twitter: “@Serevans666 @311Toronto @CycleToronto @Ward14Bikes Decided to skip Bloor but judging by the traffic jam on side streets, so did a lot of drivers…” / Twitter
(1) Cars in Bike Lanes TO on Twitter: “@311Toronto @AndrewLewisFC @TO_WinterOps @TO_Cycling Bloor WB (shaw to st george), St George SB to Beverly to Queen. ALLLLL unridable and frozen.” / Twitter
Gordon Peck on Twitter: “@Serevans666 @311Toronto @CycleToronto @Ward14Bikes Sherbourne and Richmond east of Jarvis. Blocked at most intersections. @311Toronto” / Twitter
+24 HRS
kim halfyard on Twitter: “River Street. Southbound @ Dundas. Unbikeable. Today 3:45. @Ward14Bikes #BikeTO https://t.co/QLwzaeiwvO” / Twitter
+36 HRS
(1) Andrew Lewis on Twitter: “After yesterday’s plow clown show, pleased to note on my ride in this a.m. all of Bloor Viaduct w/b, Wellesley w/b, Sherbourne s/b & Richmond were pretty clear. Really shouldn’t need tweeting to accomplish tho. #TakeTheLane @TO_WinterOps @TO_Cycling @311Toronto #bikeTO #TOpoli” / Twitter
Pan Troglodytes on Twitter: “@311Toronto The Davenport bike lanes are totally unplowed and unpassable. It’s a serious safety hazard. Can they be plowed ASAP? #bikeTO” / Twitter
(1) Jason Timermanis on Twitter: “@Ward14Bikes @michellekearnel This morning College east of Spadina was unrideable, as it is after every snowfall. It looks like they actually pushed the snow into the lane. @311Toronto cue your meaningless response tweet…” / Twitter
Michelle Kearns on Twitter: “Apparently College St is supposed to be clear of snow for #BIKETO but it was a dangerous mess this morning…what’s up?? @TO_Transport @TO_Cycling https://t.co/Us88ZlaoZR” / Twitter
+48 HRS
+60 HRS
+72 HRS

+83 HRS – Dec 6 2019 Light Snow 9hrs 5.4cm

+84 HRS
Jason Timermanis on Twitter: “@311Toronto @Ward14Bikes @michellekearnel It still hasn’t been cleared.” / Twitter
anton lodder on Twitter: “@311Toronto Phoebe street #BikeTO has not been plowed yet since *the last snowfall* — should have been done Monday afternoon. now it’s getting a second layer of snow! between Soho and Beverly https://t.co/ERbFfOkdIw” / Twitter
Andrew Lewis on Twitter: “@Ward14Bikes @TO_WinterOps @TO_Cycling @311Toronto @m_holloway @Walk_TO @ttcriders All fine except Bloor e/b approacging Castle Frank lights where there is no bike lane.” / Twitter
Cycling in Toronto | Tim Eddis Dec 6 10:03 AM “This was 48 hours after Sundays snow. Every route I took was about like this…Bloor viaduct, Sherbourne, Richmond…all the busiest, ‘best’ bike lanes. Overall, I’d say a D+. They tried in some spots, but anyone who isn’t experienced and skilled as a cyclist would be in danger. We can do WAY better.”
Cycling in Toronto | Ann McBride Dec 6 10:40 AM | “Yes, it’s frustrating, every bike lane I have used all of this week has been completely or partly filled with snow that was cleared from the road: Richmond, Beverley, College, Bloor, Harbord ETC”
+96 HRS
Kevin Gebhardt – There has to be a better way to clear this I…
Mike Bell on Twitter: “I honestly thought my commute was gonna get easier now that I can use the bloor bike lanes, but my god, it is the wild west out there. Zero enforcement, cars using them as luxury parking spots and drop off zones. I foresee a lot of arguments in my near future. #BikeTO” / Twitter
+120 HRS
Simon Evans on Twitter: “@mikeybell @Ward14Bikes Agreed, bollards would be nice and some salt it was an ice rink this morning got off it as soon as I could. Be safe!” / Twitter

-mh

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