Cyclists and buses can easily be accommodated with the road space we have available. Here's a simple, straightforward cross-section to do that.
By Jason Leach
Published April 11, 2014
I'm sure everyone's tired of hearing about the King Street transit-only lane, but please indulge me for two minutes. I'm quite frustrated with how this plan was implemented, and I'm not just talking about the faded paint.
The paint is literally gone since last October, which gives us a great opportunity to do it right this time around when staff repaints the lanes over the next several weeks.
Cyclists and buses can easily be accommodated with the road space we have available. Here's a simple, straightforward cross-section to do that:
John to Bay: paint the narrower parking/loading zone 6-7 feet from the curb, whatever a typical curb parking space is. Then, paint a 4-5 foot bike lane. Then the 9-10 foot bus lane.
Bay to Locke: it's even easier along this stretch with the massive lane width on the north curb. Paint a four-foot bike lane next to the sidewalk, then the 9-10 foot bus lane.
Locke to Dundurn: an extra, unnecessary fifth lane appears at Locke so it's even easier still to make room for cycling. The bike lane could be five feet if we wanted, with a wider bus lane if needed.
This configuration has the same traffic flow and the same parking on south curb. But we've clearly accommodated cyclists instead of using this massively wide bus lane.
The suburbs of Oshawa have this exact set-up:
Bus lane, bike lane in Oshawa (Image Credit: Transit Toronto)
The portion from John to Bay is simply like this. The loading parking area takes up way less space than a full travel lane, so room is automatically created for the bike lane:
Room for bike lane (Image Credit: 78 Mangos)
It has grown tiresome to see ongoing disconnect between how we do things in Hamilton and how other cities around the world do them.
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