When I first started riding in Toronto, I actually enjoyed traffic. There was some early levels of novelty that made zipping around like a video game and I loved it. Well that's worn off to say the least. I'm so sick of traffic that I'm finding myself subconsiously cobbling together a combo of side streets and bike paths to get from A to B using as few car trafficed roads as possible.
This new found tolerance for bike paths, (which I formerly found indirect and inconvenient to navigate) has led me to a few discoveries one of which I'll talk about now. Look at the Humber River Trail. Two large trails that run up to Steels meet and follow the Humber down. This NS link is continuous until about bloor st. except for a small gap just south of the 401.
The reason why is that the land along the Humber owned by the City is too eroded to put down a path. The Cycling Comittee looked into this issue, but the other land owner, the Weston Golf course would not release any land, and legally the City had to comply to their lease. It should be noted that there are several places where trails run up against golf courses. My bias is that because bikes are a transportation option, not just recreation, and so should get preferential treatment over the golf community's 'needs', but then again I suck at golf.
Well anyways, not like I could just leave the Weston issue at that, I went snooping around the area and discovered several footpaths. The main foot path comes quite close to connecting the two bits of paved trail, but alas, there was a section of 100 m where the erosion was very bad indeed.
In conclusion, I wish boardwalks/ pedestrian bridges wern't so expensive. That would save the day. That's all for now, happy riding. ;) cb