Comment 114187

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 09, 2015 at 06:16:31

So I went out this morning and measured the width of Aberdeen between Queen and Locke, using the highly scientific measuring device of how many Ryan-shoes it is in width. My shoes are around 13 inches long, and the street was just over 44.5 Ryan-shoes in width, giving it a total width of 578.5 inches, or 48 feet.

Converted to metric, that gives us 14.6 metres to work with, not including sidewalks. If we include the two 1.5 metre sidewalks, we get a total ROW of 17.6 metres.

Given that, the following cross-section should fit nicely, at least between Queen and Dundurn:

Aberdeen between Queen and Locke, 17.6m ROW (Image Credit: Streetmix)

Couple of notes:

  • Streetmix thinks 1.5 metres is too narrow for a sidewalk and I'm inclined to agree, but the sidewalks will both be physically protected from moving vehicle traffic and this design means the city doesn't have to rebuild them.

  • Streetmix also thinks the bike lanes are too narrow, but 1.4 metres is the width of the Cannon Cycle Track lanes west of Victoria, and they seem to work just fine.

I'd also like to see a westbound contraflow bike lane added on the one-way eastbound section of Aberdeen past Queen, at least as far as Hess. That will allow cyclists to connect between Aberdeen and Markland, which is one-way westbound and has an eastbound contraflow bike lane.

Ideally, I'd also like to see bike lanes on Queen to connect with the Herkimer and Charlton bike lanes, but baby steps. And of course I still want to see Queen converted to two-way to alleviate both left-turning pressure at Aberdeen/Queen and rat-running on the other local residential streets.

Edit to add - I'll have to measure the street west of Dundurn to see how this kind of arrangement would fit around the CP rail overpass between Studholme and Longwood. Obviously it would be great for the bike lanes to connect with Studholme, which gets you to the rail trail across Hwy 403, and to the off-street multi-use path on Longwood, which is supposed to be extended eventually to connect to Main and the bike lanes on Longwood north of Main.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2015-10-09 09:45:36

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