Toronto’s cycling infrastructure gets a failing grade from defenders

Toronto’s cycling infrastructure gets a failing grade in a new report from a coalition of cycling advocates.

The newsletter-style report, released Nov. 18, is the result of a survey of 215 kilometers of cycle paths across the city, conducted by volunteer urban cyclists for seven weeks in fall 2021.

This survey by the Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition found that more than half of Toronto’s cycling facilities were rated below average. These facilities included cycle lanes, cycle paths, and sidewalk-level cycle lanes, and the 77 report cards from 23 surveyors ranked them based on safety, quality, ability to connect with each other, and of their general utility.

The bulletins classified the routes into four categories: poor, poor, good and very good.

Based on the categories, 17 reviews of 41.65 kilometers were rated as poor, 30 reviews of 74.12 kilometers were rated as poor, 12 reviews of 40 kilometers of infrastructure were rated as good, and 11 reviews of 51 kilometers (including including the 22 kilometer waterfront road) have been rated. very good.

Based on these measurements, 56% of cycling infrastructure was rated from poor to poor – which the report’s authors identified as a failure rating.

The worst lanes were in every part of town: Bay Street and Davenport Road in downtown, St. Dennis Drive in Flemingdon Park, Finch Avenue West in North York, Steeles Avenue East in Scarborough and the roads on Royal York Road and Renforth Drive in Etobicoke.

At the top of the class, on the other hand, was a pilot project bike path on Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Davisville Road, and lanes on Shuter Street and Crescent Town Road.

These, according to the statement, have performed well for consistent markings on the roadway and continuous safety barriers and for connecting workplaces, schools and public transport stations.

The group did not assess recreational trails beyond the waterfront road, as off-road trails were deemed unsuitable for utility travel, having relatively few access points. They also ignored construction projects interfering with cycling infrastructure, as this was seen as a temporary problem.

The group calls for a further expansion of the network as well as repair work on the existing infrastructure.

“The number of cycle paths that do not meet a modern standard of quality or utility is significant and requires special attention from the town hall,” the report said. “This upgrade must not come at the expense of new essential cycling facilities. “

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