Article via The Toronto Star – Jubilant cyclists gathered Friday morning to mark the opening of the Bloor St. bike lanes.
Dozens of riders crowded at the intersection of Bloor and Lippincott St. in the sweltering heat, ringing bells and honking noisemakers as councillors and city staff inaugurated the project. Bringing a bike lane to the major east-west street has been a goal of local bicycle advocates for decades.
“Friends, it has taken us forty years. Forty years. But today, bike lanes are finally here on Bloor St., and that’s great news,” said Councillor Joe Cressy, adding: “I’m pretty damn excited to ride safely, starting today, on Bloor St.”
City staff began installing the bike lanes last Tuesday along a 2.6-kilometre stretch of Bloor West between Shaw St. and Avenue Rd. The project has been operational for days, but crews are still completing pavement markings and putting in the flexi-posts that provide the physical separation from traffic. City staff say the project, which cost about $500,000, is about 80 per cent complete, and weather-permitting will be finished by early next week.