Today I, along with my colleague Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), issued the following statement in response to the final report on the Bloor Street bike lanes that will be at the October 18, 2017 meeting of Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

“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. And 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 1 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.”

For more information, contact:

Lia Brewer – Office of Councillor Cressy: lia.brewer@toronto.ca / 416-392-4044
Stephanie Nakitsas – Office of Councillor Layton: stephanie.nakitsas@toronto.ca / 416-392-4009