Published May 18, 2018 11:17
We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series as we countdown to 2018 Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph. These weekly features will give you a host of ideas on where to ride in your community. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or simply bike to get around town, we hope you’ll discover something new!
For this week's installment, we're featuring some of Toronto's newest and best cycling facilities: the Richmond and Adelaide St cycle tracks and the Martin Goodman Trail.
All photographs: Nicholas Jones
Richmond and Adelaide cycle tracks
The Richmond and Adelaide cycle tracks are the most used cycling facilities in the City with an average weekday volume of 6,540 cyclists per day (based on 24-hour counts taken in June 2016).
The cycle tracks were installed between July 2014 and September 2015 and included two phases. The first phase in July 2014 included cycle tracks on Richmond St from York St to Bathurst St, and Adelaide St from Bathurst St to Simcoe St. The second phase in September 2015 extended both routes east to Parliament St, creating much-needed east-west connections across downtown.
As part of the project, cycle tracks were also installed on Simcoe St from Queen St W to Front St W in July of 2014 and Peter St from King St W to Queen St W in October of 2016. To separate the vehicle lanes from the bicycle lanes, flexi-post bollards (as you can see in the photo above) were installed along these routes. Along some sections the City has partnered with the local BIAs to provide planters in between the bollards, further protecting the bicycle lane while enhancing the public realm. These bollard installations are now used on many of the City’s cycle tracks.
Toronto is also home to fantastic multi-use trails, one of the most popular being the Martin Goodman Trail.
Martin Goodman Trail (near Sherbourne St. cycle tracks)
This is a scenic recreational pathway ... Read more