Bike Lanes Installed on University Avenue
It's a big day for cycling infrastructure in Toronto. Today, bike lanes are being installed on University Avenue and through Queen's Park Crescent, from Bloor Street to Adelaide. These new, separated lanes are part of the accelerated grid that City Council approved just a few weeks ago, including 25 kilometres of new bikeways — for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes being installed this year.
I'm very proud to have worked with Councillor Mike Layton, local hospitals, cycling advocates, adjacent residents associations, and the Mayor and Council to make this happen.
We have long advocated for safe, protected bike lanes on University Avenue, alongside major hospitals in the area, including SickKids and University Health Network, who released letters in support of the University bike lanes. Members of the group Doctors for Safe Cycling, some of whom work in the area’s hospitals, have also highlighted the importance of the lanes in enabling health care workers, staff, and clients to safely get to work and access the area’s health care facilities.
How we get around has become more important than ever before. Living with the COVID-19 pandemic means recognizing that people need to be able to get where they need to go while maintaining a safe physical distance. This means that many of us will need to consider alternate methods of transportation. The new bike lanes on University Avenue will provide an alternative to the Line 1 subway for commuters, opening up more space for those who need to take public transit.