Cyclists can soon take a spin to lake on new Yonge St. bike lanes -- Mar 28, 2007 (The Star)
New bike lanes running along Yonge St. from Queens Quay up to Front St. will enhance access to the lake and provide another piece in the revitalization of the waterfront, says the area's city councillor.
The project calls for bike lanes on the west side of Yonge from Front to the lake, and on the east side from the Esplanade to the lake. Work on the project, which goes to city council for approval next month, could begin in summer, pending design approval, and be finished later this year.
"Having bicycles and pedestrians along this iconic street sends an important message that this is the most important street in our city, that this is a street we want everyone to enjoy,'' Councillor Pam McConnell said yesterday. "This is a city of walkers and bikers, and that's exactly what we want our waterfront to be."
Toronto is kicking in about $432,000 for curb reconstruction and markings, and developers in the area are paying about $1.2 million in street and sidewalk improvements.
Construction of the bike lanes won't significantly reduce traffic capacity, said Daniel Egan, city manager of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. Northbound Yonge will go from two lanes to one for the first 110 metres north of Queens Quay. Beyond that, curb adjustments will make room for the bike lane.
Some parking spaces near The Esplanade will be removed at a loss of about $25,000 a year in parking fees.