Good news for cyclists in the city.
The Bloor Street bike lanes officially opened on Friday morning.
Dozens of cyclists turned out for the opening, ringing their bells and making their way along 2.6.k.m stretch from Shaw Street to Avenue Road.
The separated lanes took two weeks to install and cost in the region of $500,000.
Their installation is part of a year-long pilot project, during which the city will assess the impact their installation has had on traffic, parking, pedestrians, local businesses as well as how they are being used by cyclist themselves.
In a press release Councillor Jaye Robinson, Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee says that “whenever we change the makeup of our streets, we must carefully measure and monitor the impact on our community, the city will work to keep all modes of traffic moving safely and smoothly during this pilot while ensuring we have credible, verifiable data at the end of this pilot project.”
The results of the study are expected to be brought before council in the fall of 2017.