12 months-long Bloor Avenue reconstruction challenge set to start subsequent month

The Metropolis of Toronto is ready to undertake a significant reconstruction challenge on Bloor Avenue West, spanning the stretch between Avenue Highway and Spadina Avenue. The intention of this challenge is to implement numerous enhancements that can improve accessibility and security for all highway customers.

Building is deliberate to begin in July 2023 and is anticipated to take roughly a yr to finish. There can be a break in development over the winter months, resulting from climate and temperature restrictions.

“Earlier than the momentary protected bike lane was put in, Bloor Avenue was probably the most closely used biking routes within the metropolis resulting from its location and east-west connectivity. After set up, biking alongside this route elevated by 49 per cent making Bloor Avenue the second most used bike lane in all the metropolis,” said a spokesperson from town’s transportation companies division. “The momentary protected lane considerably elevated ranges of consolation and security for each cyclists and drivers. Pedestrians additionally indicated that their expertise of Bloor Avenue was the identical or higher than earlier than the momentary bike lanes have been put in.

Based on Alison Stewart of Cycle Toronto solely 4 per cent of metropolis roadways have some type of biking infrastructure. And, no, protected bike lanes and cycle tracks resembling on Bloor Avenue don’t trigger site visitors congestion. As a substitute, extra bike lanes is one solution to scale back congestion on metropolis roads. 

“Lowering the variety of single automobile occupancy journeys is integral to lowering vehicular site visitors, which can liberate roadways for public transit, emergency companies, and enterprise actions,” Stewart defined. “The Metropolis of Toronto’s local weather plan, TransformTO Web Zero, goals for 75% of all journeys 5 km or fewer to be made by lively modes of transportation resembling transit, strolling, or biking. The dearth of protected infrastructure is the most important barrier for individuals to vary their commute mode to biking.”

Based on Toronto engineering and development companies, the scope of the challenge features a full reconstruction of the highway base and alternative of the asphalt floor; sidewalk alternative with accessibility upgrades; completely raised cycle tracks from Spadina Avenue to Avenue Highway on Bloor Avenue West, together with a protected intersection (designed to maintain bicycles bodily separated from motor automobiles up till the intersection) at Bloor Avenue West and St. George Avenue; and enhancements to current tree planters and different inexperienced infrastructure options