- Jan 4, 2020
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I asked city staff about this and was told that there is a long term intention to continue the bike lanes to the 427 and that they are making provisions for that as the condos go up on dundas. That being said I haven't seen anything official yet.The thing I dont understand about this stretch of Etobicoke City Centre (Dundas St in particular) is how we got separated bike lanes between Aukland and the eastern portion of Bloor.
Meanwhile west of Aukland (right where we're seeing new developments with sidewalks and roads being redone), there's absolutely 0 provision (that im aware of) for separated bike lanes and we're seeing the generic bland City of Toronto by-the-books streetscape coming into play. Prime example of hacked up, dysfunctional planning.
^All this can be a moot point if the Dundas BRT that @duffo is alluding to has this in the cards. Thing is, lord knows when we'll ever see that BRT built.
In the other direction I believe there is a plan to connect the two housing now developments with a multi-use path over or under the tracks at bloor which will help that bottleneck. That was only a note on a slideshow though so also up in the air. Long term it looks like the bloor bike lanes just keep on coming west so eventually will hopefully connect at six points as well.
As far as I know no new southern/northern bike lane plans though.
I feel like a lot of the criticism this is getting is from people who don't know the area. I've been walking through this area regularly for ten years and this is like night and day. Yes there are ways this could improve (the streets are a bit wide) and yes it's not king st (but honestly it can't be out in etobicoke, literally everything is different) but my impression of walking in this area before was "I'm going to die" and my impression walking across the whole thing yesterday was "lovely walking path kinda like a rail path" and that I can't wait to see how it improves when all the development is complete. The shopping areas on dundas near the subway and in islington village used to be on different planets but now they're starting to relate to each other. The number of people I see walking is already way up and there's still nothing there to go to.
This is a strong first step for the area and as long as they keep going I feel like this will be a walkable area people enjoy.