Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track - Public Drop-in Event June 25

Building safe streets for all is a crucial priority, and a safe and protected cycling grid is a critical part of this work. The Richmond-Adelaide pilot project represents an important step in that direction, providing a safe east-west corridor for thousands of cyclists on a daily basis. Since they were installed in 2014, they have become the most used cycling lanes in the entire city. 

The Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks, including Peter Street and Simcoe Street, were installed as a pilot project between 2014 and 2016. The cycle tracks are a pilot project, being monitored and evaluated by city staff. It is critical that, when the time comes, that City Council vote to make these lanes permanent to ensure cyclists have access to a safe corridor in the downtown core.

Switching Adelaide Street Cycle Track to the Left Side (North Side)

As it continues to be a pilot project, some concerns have been identified along the way. There are currently gaps in the cycle tracks at commercial loading zones and TTC stops. As a result, the City of Toronto is considering changes to the configuration of Adelaide Street by moving the existing separated cycle track from the right side (south side) lane configuration, to the left side (north side), which would eliminate these gaps. If approved, the left side cycle track configuration would be applied from Bathurst Street to Parliament Street.

Public Drop-in Event

The City of Toronto is hosting a drop-in event to introduce this proposal to the community and receive feedback. We invite area property managers, building operations managers, and all road users to join us for an opportunity to learn more and speak with members of the project team.

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018

Time:  Noon – 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Metro Hall, Rotunda, 55 John St.

 

Why is this change on Adelaide Street, from the right side cycle track to left side cycle track, being considered?

Between York Street and Yonge Street, two large commercial business complexes on the south side have requirements for queuing and access to major truck loading docks. There are also several TTC bus stops on the south side. This means that there is a gap in the safe and continuous cycle lane in these areas, forcing cyclists into traffic and creating a very unsafe condition.

A new left side cycle track configuration on Adelaide Street would have the following benefits:

  • Provide a continuous separated cycle track
  • Eliminate the requirement for cyclists to merge with through-traffic over streetcar tracks during off-peak periods between York Street and Yonge Street
  • Eliminate conflicts between cyclists and t​​urning trucks at major loading dock driveways on the right side (south side) between York Street and Yonge Street
  • Eliminate conflicts between cyclists and TTC buses at bus stops

All existing left side parking and loading zones will need to be removed and replaced on the right side, as needed and where feasible, in consultation with adjacent properties and local stakeholders.

The number of traffic lanes, bike lane width, and use of flexi-posts with planters, is expected to remain about the same, mirrored on the left side.

Left-side bike lanes are only possible on one-way streets or two-way median divided streets. While this would be the first left side bike lane in Toronto, left side bike lanes can be found in many cities including Hamilton, Boston, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Other changes planned on Richmond Street and Adelaide Street

If the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks are approved as a permanent cycling facility, modifications would be made to the design in the future. Potential modifications could include providing a greater degree of separation between cyclists and motor vehicles, pavement marking modifications, and traffic signal timing modifications.

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View street configuration imagery and public consultation history (2013-2015) on the project web page:

www.toronto.ca/cycling/richmond-adelaide

Further web updates will follow shortly after the June 25 public drop-in event.