Update: So I did follow-up on this today in person...and it does appears even with the planters there, there is enough public sidewalk left to drive a truck down (not that I would encourage that). Meaning the space between the planters and edge of the sidwalk is very generous in width indeed for entire length of this project Bloor E. side. So while my postion on planters remains, I'll have to walk this one back...therefore, I sit humble pied corrected. /sigh...to which is shared in part with a dedicated bicycle path.
To be sure though, and since I have an appointment near that area in the coming days, I'll walk by there to see how much my Andy Rooney moment is worth the rant and print over my stated peeve about this.
Edit/Update: I'll also try to figure out where those traffic lights are coming from the same picted...as I don't recall any such along that stretch the last time I was walking by there last month.