Statement from Councillors Joe Cressy and Mike Layton on the Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Final Report
Making our streets safe for all must be a critical priority for us. If we want to build a 21st century city – a city that moves people safely – we must make the Bloor bike lane permanent. With the release of the final report today by City staff, we see that the data is clear – bike lanes on Bloor Street work.
The City's monitoring and evaluation of this pilot project was unparalleled. It was the most comprehensively studied transportation project in Toronto's history. It measured the effect on cycling, vehicles, curbside demands, and economic impact. The City went so far as to obtain official Moneris data, which monitors debit and credit transactions, to understand the real impact on local business.
In just one year we've seen the number of cyclists using Bloor increase dramatically, making it the second most-used cycling facility in the entire City. We've created an environment where people feel safer – not just cyclists, but motorists and pedestrians. We've seen a real decrease in collisions, and we've successfully made improvements to vehicle travel time, impacts now reduced by 50% since the first data collection during the pilot. And, we've seen that based on debit and credit transactions, business went up by nearly 5% on Bloor.
We know there is more work to be done to continue to improve the lanes. Pilot projects allow us to test changes, see what's working, and make improvements. But by making the bike lanes permanent, we can make improvements that will continue to make this bike lane a resounding success.
If we want to continue to build safer streets, to build a city that attracts 21st century investment and moves more people safely, the Bloor Street pilot project must be made permanent.
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will consider the report on Wednesday October 18th, followed by City Council consideration on November 7th and 8th. Help us ensure that City Council votes "Yes" to making this project permanent – email the Mayor at [email protected], and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee at [email protected].