Lessons in Built Environment: Toronto 2017

We try to update our 2014 article on Toronto’s street paving by reporting new work that may require the installation of widened lanes, widened sidewalks or new pavement. Here are some of those measures we’ve just learned about this year.

Problems with a sunken hillside beneath the Elizabeth Street bike path, now reopened to traffic, are a result of the city’s failure to enforce its own rules that permit lane extensions. The result is that the bike path, scheduled to run alongside an existing footpath, has instead been snarled in a tight squeeze beside a concrete sea wall, with bikes being pushed off to the side and pushed toward traffic.

A major new project on Bridle Path Road in North York has already resolved many of the problems, and will soon have other key bikeways and thoroughfares in its path, all within about a year.

A brickwork crack that collapsed into the ground under a truck at the entrance to Blythwood Recreation Centre has been repaired with the help of a private company. Some critics had urged that the pathway be drained.

And to the rescue of some long-struggling cyclists. Two cyclists in Toronto have now been given the go-ahead to pedal long distances using the Triumph bike they were legally unable to ride.

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