Reports, Studies and Plans

 Bloor Street Bike Lanes

Shaw Street to Avenue Road

photo of cyclists in the new bike lane next to parked cars  

The Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project was approved by City Council in May 2016.  

The installation of the separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) to Avenue Road was completed in late August 2016.

The pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Extensive monitoring and evaluation is being carried out and will be reported to Council later this year.

 

Public Drop-in Event #3

Join us for our third public event to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review summaries of on-going public feedback, and discuss your experience and suggestions for the future of these cycling facilities.  

Date & Time:    Monday, June 5, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location:    Trinity-St. Paul's Centre - Gym (427 Bloor Street West. Wheelchair accessible)

Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance.  All information materials presented will be posted online shortly following the event.

 

Properties fronting Bloor Street are invited to contact staff directly any time to discuss site specific issues.

 

Map of the Bike Lanes and On-Street Parking


Public Perception
  • Level of support and feedback from businesses, BIAs and the public through:
    • Online surveys
    • Stakeholder engagement

 

Effect on the Cycling Environment

  • Bicycle volumes
  • Stated preference survey
  • Safety - Road user conflict “near-miss” study (in partnership with the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Toronto and Miovision)

  

Effects on Business

  • Curbside demands
  • Parking utilization
  • Before & After Economic Impact Study (in partnership with Bloor Annex BIA, KoreaTown BIA, Metcalf Foundation, Economic Development and Transportation Services, conducted by TCAT)

 

Effect on the Motoring Environment

  • Motor vehicle volume counts
  • Motor vehicle travel time
  • Left turn queue studies

 

A detailed Bloor Pilot Bike Lanes evaluation report will be published and presented to City Council later in 2017. 

To learn more, see the and public consultation materials below and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page

 

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Contact

You can contact City staff anytime with questions or comments about specific location issues or concerns.  If possible, please include the adjacent address or closest intersection details, and/or a photo of the location.

 

Jason Diceman,

Sr. Public Consultation Co-ordinator

Jason.Diceman@toronto.ca

416-338-2830

  

 

Previous Public Consultation

Public Drop‐in Event #1 (December 2, 2015)

The first public consultation event for this study was held December 2, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity-St.Paul's Centre. About 230 residents participated in the event.

View information materials presented at the event:

"Option A – No parking" was dropped because on-street parking is considered a requirement for this pilot project in 2016.

Results from Event #1 and the survey are summarized on pages 8 to 12 of the Public Drop‐in Event #2 display panels.

 

On-line Survey #1 (Winter 2015-16)

Public input was also obtained through an on-line survey from December 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016. We received 2126 completed responses from a wide range of stakeholders.

 

Results from Event #1 and the survey are summarized on pages 8 to 12 of the Public Drop‐in Event #2 display panels.

 

Public Drop‐in Event #2 (March 9, 2016)

The second public event was held March 9, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity-St.Paul's Centre. Over 270 residents participated. View information materials presented at the event:

 

Committee Meeting (April 25, 2016)

A staff report on the Bloor Street Bike Lane Project was presented to the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The Committee reviewed the report and forwarded it to City Council without recommendations.

City Council adopted this item on May 3, 2016, with amendments.

  

Online Survey #2 (Winter 2016 - Spring 2017)

The City's online Feedback Survey #2 was open from December 14, 2016 to May 4, 2017 and received over 14,000 completed responses. While the majority of respondents were people who bicycle on Bloor Street, we also heard from over 2,500 people who drive and do not bike, thousands of local residents, hundreds of business representatives, people with disabilities, and many other stakeholders.

Here is a sample of some key trends we are seeing in the feedback received:

 

Biking

  • Feeling of improved safety
  • Strong support for the separated bike lanes next to the curb
  • Some concerns at intersections
  • Complaints of motor vehicles stopping in the bike lanes

 

Driving

  • Much more comfortable driving next to cyclists
  • Dissatisfaction with rush hour traffic and parking inconvenience
  • Issues with right turns across the bike lane
  • Majority of drivers who never bike on Bloor Street do not feel the trade-offs are worth it

  

Running a Business                        

  • Deliveries and take-away are more challenging
  • Some concerns about decreased parking convenience for customers
  • Strong support from employees and customers who bike to their business       

 

Walking

  • Pedestrian experience is about the same
  • Getting in and out of vehicles or getting a taxi/Uber is a bit more challenging
  • Some concerns about accessible boarding for people with disabilities
  • Majority of residents who do not bike or drive, strongly support the bike lanes

 

Additional Survey #2 insights and an update on the technical evaluation completed to date will be presented at the June 5th 2017 public event and posted online thereafter.

Bike Lane Design Considerations


The City considered many perspectives and issues, including:

  • Safety and comfort of cyclists
    • Separation from motor vehicles
    • Avoiding open car doors
    • At intersections
    • Accommodating left turns
  • On-street parking and loading
    • Local business customers
    • Deliveries (especially where laneway access is lacking)
    • Pick-up and drop-off from taxis
    • Wheel-Trans and accessible vehicle boarding
    • TTC buses, including 300 Bloor-Danforth Blue Night bus 
  • Motor vehicle traffic delays
  • Affects on parking and traffic on connecting and parallel streets
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Snow clearing and road maintenance
  • Emergency services: EMS, Police and Fire
  • Waste and recycling collection


The City is also working closely with local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), active transportation groups, residents' associations, Ward 19 and 20 Councillors' offices and many other stakeholders as part of the pilot project process. 


The short URL for this page:

toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes