The funny part of the poll was where they surveyed if traffic moved more slowly since the bike lanes were installed. I drive this area multiple times in a week (I live here as well so I see positive and negative aspects to the lanes personally). In my observation traffic moves at about 50% of pre-bike lane times.
During day-time off-peak the traffic moves at a decent level where you could consider the bike lanes as a successful addition to the area. During rush-hour intersections along the entire route see cars trapped or in danger of being trapped in intersections because there is sometimes no movement during an entire signal light now at some intersections. Also, turning vehicles coming from side streets are forced to inch there way into the bike lanes because there are no sight-lines (left turns from side-streets are impossible now), it would be suicidal to merge into traffic without blocking the bike-lane to merge. This is completely dangerous and an utter failure of traffic planning.
In short, off-peak the lanes work well and traffic levels are acceptable. On-peak the lanes substantially increase vehicle congestion and are dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle traffic
My suggestion: I think that the bike lanes should be moved away from the curb-side. The curb-side configuration is in my opinion more dangerous for cyclists. If the current configuration remains I suggest eliminating all on-street parking to enhance safety.
Andrew, why are you assuming the number of bikes on the road will remain the same as when there is no bike infrastructure? Also, could you please provide some statistics for your claims about bike lanes?
All the bike lanes in the GTA outside the downtown core and the immediate area around it are severely underused. You don't exactly see many bikes on the few bike lanes that exist in places like Royal York Road, Highway 7 or Kingston Road in Durham.
Also read the following report about bike and pedestrian accidents in Toronto: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-81601.pdf
Also see the following map of bike accidents in Montreal: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/bike-accidents/index.html
Andrew, care to enlighten us as to your grand alternative plan to deal with a significantly and steadily growing population in the face of the fact that the available space downtown is not - and will never be - growing? Hmm?
Actually, I'll jump in: Nothing you say will be coherent or convincing because there's no good answer that revolves around perpetuating a physical infrastructure ecosystem that promotes single occupancy vehicle usage amid predictable demographic trends and the reality of non-magically-expanding physical space.
You're stuck in the past and advocating that our city remain there with you and that's why those of us who care about the future of this city and the people who live in it are perpetually pissed off at you.
If we built proper cycling infrastructure, like in Europe, it would cost a lot less than a subway and it would be safer than what we have now. Plus it has the added benefit of getting people exercise so it contributes positively to our health care costs.Build a larger subway system. Taking the subway is a lot safer than riding a bicycle in Toronto.
If we built proper cycling infrastructure, like in Europe, it would cost a lot less than a subway and it would be safer than what we have now. Plus it has the added benefit of getting people exercise so it contributes positively to our health care costs.