Bike Lanes are coming to Bloor Street.
On Wednesday afternoon, City Council voted 38-3 in favour of installing the separated lanes along a 2.6.km stretch of the busy downtown route between Shaw Street and Avenue Road.
Their installation will be part of a pilot project, and once installed the lanes will remain in place for a year before being reassessed.
The issue has proved a divisive one, with a vote by the city’s public works committee last week split 2-2, meaning that the proposal was sent to council without recommendation.
Concerns had been raised that the lanes would negatively impact congestion along the route and would have an impact on business in the area, partially due to the 135 on street car parking spaces that will be lost.
The city will also lose about $840,000 in annual revenue due to the loss of these parking spaces.
However, Mayor John Tory was among those who spoke out in favour of the bike lanes, but only if the proper research is conducted on how well they work for everyone concerned over the year that they will be in place.
The cost of installing the bike lanes is estimated at $500,000, with work expected to get underway over the summer.