Following a critical review of the existing network, robust analysis and public consultation have been used to generate a draft map of proposed cycling network projects.
The Draft map was then posted online, so that residents could vote digitally on which projects they think are priorities and drop pins to identify cycling network desire lines. Thank you to the 7,000+ Torontonians who provided feedback to our digital draft map.
Drop in events were also held in each Toronto District, for residents who wished to meet with staff to discuss the draft map.
Four types of projects are identified on the Draft Map;
- Projects on Fast Busy Streets
If a street has a lot of motor vehicles and this traffic is moving quickly, this will make most cyclists feel unsafe. For these types of streets a dedicated cycling facility such as a bicycle lane, buffered bicycle lane or Cycle Track can help keep cyclist and motor vehicle traffic separate.
- Projects on Quiet Streets
If a street is quiet, with slow moving motor vehicle traffic, then we don't have to make space for a dedicated cycling facility. Traffic calming, wayfinding signage and sharrows can help build Bicycle Boulevards which are comfortable for every type of cyclist.
- Projects to Renew Existing Cycling Network
Standards for bike lanes and cycling wayfinding have evolved since the City first started building it's cycling network. In order to make sure the City's Cycling infrastructure is of a uniformly high quality, investments need to be made to renew routes which were installed using older designs.
Toronto City Council will recieve Transportation Service's recommendations for the 10-year Cycling Network Plan in the spring of 2016.
The approval of the Cycling Network Plan will provide a workplan for the City of Toronto to follow, as we invest making our streets safer and friendlier for cycling.
Before routes approved as part of the plan are built, Transportation Services Staff will evaluate the road alterations which may be necessary to achieve a bicycle friendly environment. When trade-offs are necessary to build a cycling network route (for example changes to travel lanes or parking lanes to make room for a bike lane), City staff will consult with local area councillors, residents and stakeholder groups, as part of the design process.