This article provides some lessons learned about implementing bike lanes in Toronto. Those of us in cities a generation behind can watch, listen and learn, avoiding those mistakes and using current best practices. The article’s summary is especially helpful in setting the stage for infrastructure that works, at the same time further debunking the vehicular cycling approach:
Albert Koehl, a founder of Bells on Bloor and environmental lawyer, says “We should think of separated bike lanes as part of a broader set of safety measures,” that include lower speed limits, narrower traffic lanes, a Vulnerable Road User Law, speed cameras, improved pedestrian crossings and public education programs.
“Better road safety requires a change in approach that means taking speed and space away from automobiles,” Koehl says.
Toronto, he argues, should stop pretending that roads can safely be shared by cyclists, pedestrians and cars.
“The traditional attitude of ‘why can’t we all just get along’ simply serves and perpetuates the dangerous status quo,” Koehl says.