Current bike lane pilot projects
We are working to provide a complete District-wide cycling network that is safe and efficient for people who use bikes for everyday transportation or leisure, guided by our Official Community Plan (OCP) and our Transportation Plan.
The OCP envisions that by 2030, 35% of trips in the District will be made by bike, on foot, or by public transit.
How we prioritize cycling infrastructure
Installing large stretches of bike lanes at one time is not feasible, given the realities of municipal budgets and resources.
Instead, we evaluate all upcoming road improvement projects — both large and small — looking for opportunities to include new bike infrastructure where individual project budgets allow (the bike lanes on and around the new Keith Road and Montroyal bridges are examples of this approach).
Because of the project-by-project approach we take to building bike lanes, new lanes don't always connect to existing lanes, nor do they always lead to our most popular destinations.
While this may be true in the short term, over time, these individual sections will begin to knit together into a complete system, as we continue including lanes in our infrastructure and road improvement projects.
Bike lanes currently being installed
Here are current infrastructure projects where budget has been available to include bike lane improvements.
Project 1: Highland Boulevard northbound (uphill)
We are installing a bike lane northbound along Highland Boulevard, between Belmont Avenue and Wavertree Road.
This pilot lane is the first piece of what will eventually be a permanent bike lane along the entire length of Highland Blvd, which is identified in our Transportation Plan as a site for on-street bike infrastructure.
Impacts of this lane
This stretch of Highland Blvd will be reconfigured to allow one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction, and a northbound bike lane.
There is currently more capacity in this area than is needed to handle the traffic it receives, and so we anticipate any impacts to drive times will be minor.
About this pilot
The new bike lane, which will include a painted buffer to separate bikes from vehicles, will be painted on the road in October.
We will then monitor its use, and adjust any safety or operational issues that arise prior to permanently installing it in summer 2018, when the road is repaved.
This diagram shows the change to the road that will be made between Belmont Ave and Wavertree Rd to accommodate the new lane.
Project 2: West Queens Road eastbound
We are installing a bike lane eastbound along West Queens Road, between Woodbine Drive and the new Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.
This pilot lane will connect to the existing lane in front of New Delbrook, and is the next piece of what will eventually be a continuous bike lane along this stretch of Queens Rd, which is identified in our Transportation Plan as a site for on-street bike infrastructure.
Impacts of this lane
The eastbound section of West Queens Rd will be reconfigured to allow for the new bike lane. Approximately six on-street parking stalls on the south side of West Queens will be included in the conversion. There is ample on-street parking available along the north side of West Queens to compensate for the six stalls.
About this pilot
The new bike lane will be painted on the road in October, and will allow us to test the operational aspects of bike lanes in this location.
We will monitor the lane's use to determine if a higher level of separation between bikes and cars is necessary (which would required additional funding).
This diagram shows how West Queens Rd between Woodbine Dr and New Delbrook will be reconfigured to include the bike lane.