We’ve been advised that Toronto Hydro will be improving the electrical distribution system near our neighbourhood on Bloor Street West, between Pacific Avenue (West) and Dufferin Street (East). Work is expected to begin May 2022. For more information and a map of the work area please see the notice here.
You read that correctly: our patch of Bloor Street will be getting dedicated bike lanes, which will extend 4.5 KM from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road. The target completion date is August, 2020 pending approval by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) and City Council next spring.
The BWVRA found support of this development in a recent member survey. Research done on the current Bloor Street West bike lane, from Avenue Road to Shaw Street, reveals the following:
- An increase in retail customers
- An increase in retail spend, monthly
- More people riding, less people driving
- The people who ride to the area, do it more often and spend more
More information and research can be found here.
Residents should know that over the past year, City transportation staff have continued to study the area, meet with area stakeholders and review comments received from residents. This intersection doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation for safety and navigation – especially for pedestrians and cyclists.
Based on this work, City staff are putting together proposed design changes to the intersection which will be presented to the community in Spring 2020. Our local Councilors office will be in touch when the meeting date and location are confirmed.
City staff has determined that extending the left-hand turn lanes between Jane Street and South Kingsway, will relieve some of the dangerous vehicular behaviour that is currently taking place. It’s our understanding that this work will be taking place in Spring 2020.