Attempts at building a cycling network in Scarborough have been an ‘abject failure,’ harming residents’ health. A new report shows how that can be fixed
According to the researchers, Scarborough “suffers greatly” from its automobile-dependent urban form.
I know people sometimes (rightfully) get angry about adult cyclists riding their bikes on sidewalks, but they really should make an exception for those riding through some parts of Scarborough.
Between 2016 and 2018 the city created about 60 kilometres of cycling infrastructure, but almost none of it was in the eastern suburb, aside from the renewal of two existing routes consisting of painted “sharrows” and signage.
Cycling lanes installed on a four-kilometre stretch of Brimley Road as part of Toronto’s largest-ever bike lane expansion last year lasted just five months before the city removed them, citing complaints from local councillors and drivers.
Fuck removing bike lanes. Drivers complain about literally everything. Just listen to them sit at red lights and honk for no reason. We can't keep designing our city around completely unsustainable transit.
Kingston road is just sitting right there waiting for protected bike lanes pretty easy win.
After the failure that Brimley was, I think you're going to need to build protected lanes with big blocks of concrete or create distance with a lanes elevated adjacent to sidewalks. Both of these have and should be continued.
Just like with transit, austerity-focused infrastructure doesn't help people as much as it should and inconveniences other people.
Scarborough also has a robust network of ravines and hydro corridors that would be ideal for off-road trails.
Don't forget the waterfront trail. There are already a good number of Durham commuters that cycle to/from their Scarborough based jobs on a daily basis because it's so easy to access for them and it's relatively flat for almost all of the route. If the TRCA would only finish the trail below the bluffs to create a single path from the of mouth of Highland Creek to the Beaches, and if the city supported it with protected bike lanes on all or half a dozen of the North-South arterial roads to help cyclists access the new waterfront path, I think we'd be genuinely surprised at how many would take advantage of the convenience. The 10-20 kms one way trip into downtown by bike is relatively pretty trivial (20-45 minutes) and generates a significant health benefit.
After being "doored" a few months ago downtown, I actually feel safer cycling in the east, even without a dedicated bike line than I do through most of the downtown core. I will cycle along Kingston Rd from Dundas all the way out to Morningside or Meadowvale and like the dedicated bus/bike lane for a large portion of it. I feel more nervous about the ride along Dundas through Leslieville to get to Kingston than I do on Kingston Rd itself. I fully agree that Kingston is definitely big enough to put dedicated bike lanes and still have more than enough space.
Sadly I only really ever see other more serious road cyclists and very rarely see commuters or leisurely cyclists on my frequent rides to the east end. I also don't hug the curb when I ride on major roads, I ride far enough over that someone cannot buzz by me. If a motorist has an issue with it, I also have an issue with their want/need to go 65+ in a 50 zone.
I don't understand why city council hates scarborough so much.
It would be great to have bike paths out were we live, would also be great to have much better transit to maybe get people of of their cars
The bike lane on Brimley was removed due to the very poor design of it. If it was a little bit better designed it would have actually been a success.
It was safe for nobody, and did not promote traffic flow. Right turns were a huge blind spot, left turns held up traffic behind you.