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February 24, 2017
City of Toronto to make traffic flow improvements to Bloor Street after preliminary measurement of bike lane pilot
The City of Toronto will make traffic flow improvements along Bloor Street including signal retiming, enhanced signage and intersection modifications following the first phase of measurement of the one-year bike lane pilot.

Separated bike lanes were installed on Bloor Street between Shaw Street and Avenue Road in August as part of the City's Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan. The pilot project is being measured over a 12-month period for impact on local businesses, traffic flow, cyclists, pedestrians, safety and parking through data collection and public feedback.

Preliminary data collection completed includes an opinion survey, travel-time studies and volume counts for all modes of traffic taken in June and October 2016, before and after installation of the bike lanes.

Preliminary findings include:

• A 36 per cent increase in the number of cyclists using Bloor Street has been recorded since the installation of the pilot, with about 25 per cent of the increase being new cycling trips.

• Vehicle travel times have increased on Bloor Street between Bay Street and Ossington Avenue by an average of four minutes in the morning "rush hour" period and about 8.5 minutes in the afternoon rush hour period.

• About 63 per cent of drivers surveyed indicated they feel comfortable driving next to cyclists on Bloor Street, compared to 14 per cent surveyed in 2015 before installation of the pilot.

• More than 10,800 online surveys were collected, showing a broad level of support for the bike lanes on Bloor Street. Local residents are generally supportive of the initiative (64 per cent), while businesses are somewhat supportive (53 per cent). About nine out of 10 cyclists are in favour of the pilot project (92 per cent), while about one-third of motorists are supportive (34 per cent).

"Measuring the impact of the Bloor Street bike lanes is so important to make sure they work for cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and business owners as well as local residents,” said Barbara Gray, General Manager of Transportation Services. "By collecting data early, we’re able to review the operations and make changes where necessary so the street moves well and is safe for everyone."

The City is continuing to work with partners to measure and evaluate the pilot project through:
• a partnership with Miovision and the University of Toronto's Transportation Research Institute to capture and analyze multi-modal traffic data to study changes to traffic operations and safety impacts during the pilot project
• multimodal video traffic counts and GPS-tracked travel time analysis studies conducted by Ontario Traffic Inc. to be taken in June 2017 – 10 months after installation
• parking utilization data collected by the Toronto Parking Authority, and
• an economic impact study by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation in partnership with the University of Toronto, local Business Improvement Areas, the Metcalf Foundation, and the City of Toronto's Transportation Services and Economic Development & Culture divisions.

A report detailing the performance evaluation of the pilot project will be presented to City Council in the fall.

More information about the findings is available at

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