MEMO TO TORONTO TRANSPORTATION CHIEF, STEPHEN BUCKLEY: “THIS IS NOT A CYCLE TRACK”

The city’s transportation chief, STEPHEN BUCKLEY, has delivered a half-baked “buffered” bike lane on Adelaide Street West, with no physical barriers.  Cyclists are separated from busy traffic lanes by painted white lines and a metre-wide buffer zone.  This is not what city council voted 39-0 for in June.

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<PHOTO ABOVE – Adelaide Street West’s unprotected bike lane/urbantoronto.ca>

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STEPHEN BUCKLEY <quote above> says “it’s a pilot project”.  CYCLE TORONTO’s executive director JARED KOLB says city council didn’t give Buckley the freedom to decide whether or not to erect physical barriers.  The city’s plan was to create a separated lane.  <PHOTO BELOW – a separated bike lane/Paul Krueger/cycleto.ca>

Architect PAUL KULIG on Twitter: “I took the Adelaide bike lanes for the first time today.  On my way to work I ran into: a dump truck, a mini-van, three Beck taxi cabs, a glass delivery truck, a concrete truck, a pump truck, a Canadian Automobile Association vehicle, and an 18-wheeler in the (bike) lane.”