Reports, Studies and Plans

 Bloor Street Bike Lanes

Shaw Street to Avenue Road

 

UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 2017: The Bloor Street West Bike Lane Pilot Project Evaluation report is now online and will be considered by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on October 18, 2017.

 

View Bloor Bike Lanes Evaluation
(full report) as PWIC item PW24.9

 

Highlights from the Bloor Bike Lanes Evaluation Report

Below are some of the key findings from the pilot project evaluation.

 

Number of Cyclists Has Increased

49% average increase in cycling volumes on Bloor St. (between Bay and Clinton) since June 2017 baseline

 

   

Second Highest Used Bikeway in the City

AVG. WEEKDAY VOLUMES:  Adelaide St./Richmond St. 6,540 Bloor St. W. (within pilot) 5,220 College St. 4,960

 

 

Improved Road Safety for All Users

71% decrease in motorized vehicle conflicts.  55% decrease in pedestrian/motorized vehicle conflicts.  61% decrease in bike/motorized vehicle conflicts.  61% increase in pedestrian/bike conflicts.

  

  

All Road Users Feel Safer

85% of cyclists feel safe or very safe riding a bicycle on Bloor St., compared to 3% before bike lane.    86% of pedestrians feel their experience walking on Bloor St. with bike lanes is about the same or better.  66% of motorists feel more comfortable driving next to cyclists on Bloor St., compared to 14% before bike lanes.

 

 

Overall Traffic Volumes are Down

There has been modest diversion of traffic volumes from Bloor St., with an increase of 7% to Dupont St. and 4% to Harbord St. Overall traffic volumes across all three corridors is down 3%. Motor vehicle travel times on Bloor St. from Bay St. to Ossington Ave. have increased between 2 to 4 minutes in the peak periods, peak directio

 

 

Growth in Customer Spending

4.45% growth in customer spending in the pilot area.

 

 

General Support for the Pilot

14,000 online surveys completed since the pilot installation.    High majority respondents agree the bike lanes on Bloor St. provide a safer and more comfortable environment for cyclists with acceptable trade-offs in motorist traffic flow and parking convenience

 

 

 

More Information

 

 

 

Have Your Say!

Use the "Submit Comment" or "Request to Speak" buttons at the top of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) item PW24.9 page to provide written comments or to request to speak about Bloor Bike Lanes at the October 18, 2017 Committee meeting.  Or email pwic@toronto.ca (your name will be listed online).

Learn more about how you can have your views known about a matter being considered by committee at Have Your Say!


 
 


Project Overview

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 has allowed the City to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street. Extensive monitoring and evaluation has been carried out and is being reported to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) on October 18, 2017.

View Bloor Bike Lanes Evaluation summary and background information (full report PDF) as PWIC item PW24.9

City Council is expected to consider the report November 7-9, 2017.

 

Map of the Bike Lanes and On-Street Parking


Previous Project Updates

  

 

To request assistance reading these files, please contact Jason Diceman at 416-338-2830 or jason.diceman@toronto.ca

 

How We Are Measuring Success

 

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 in partnership with the University of Toronto)

 

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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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

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Previous Public Consultation

 

To request assistance reading these files, please contact Jason Diceman at 416-338-2830 or jason.diceman@toronto.ca

 

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 22, 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 are included in the June 5, 2017 panels below.

 

Public Drop-in Event #3 (June 5, 2017)

The City hosted a third public event on June 5, 2017 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Over 330 participants attended and shared their opinions and experiences with City staff.

 

  

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

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. 


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