By Kenneth Moyle
Published October 19, 2013
Cyclists will be effectively pushed off of King Street West by the city's transit lane pilot project.
Starting October 22, the right-hand lane of King Street West from Mary to just East of Dundurn will for buses only: no cars, no trucks, and no bikes.
I bike from downtown back to Westdale and McMaster at least once a week, and of course I generally take the simplest, fastest, and most obvious route: straight along King Street West.
I could continue to do so by riding in the second lane, I suppose, but the thought makes me very uncomfortable: traffic moves very fast in that lane, and I would find myself riding squeezed between buses on my right and cars and even transport trucks on my left.
Daryl Bender, the Alternative Transportation Project Manager in Public Works, seems to agree:
The other lanes on King Street will continue to be legal for bicycles, but I agree that it is not expected to be an ideal route during peak volume periods.
Where am I expected to ride? Mr. Bender suggests taking York to Bay, walking across Bay and along York to get to Napier, then riding down Napier (with a stop sign at every intersection), crossing Victoria Park, and then taking Dundurn to the 403 bridge.
Is this the best we can do? Improving mass transit only at the expense of making cycling in this city even more difficult?
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