Soho-Phoebe-Stephanie Cycling Connections


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The City of Toronto is proposing to install new cycling connections on Soho Street, Phoebe Street and Stephanie Street.

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Soho-Phoebe-Stephanie Cycling Connections

  1. 1. Welcome to the Public Drop-in Event Soho – Phoebe – Stephanie Cycling Connections Thursday March 6 , 2014 4 to 9 p.m. Alexandra Park Community Centre 105 Grange Court
  2. 2. We Want Your Input! • We invite you to speak directly with City Staff to discuss your questions and concerns. • Please fill out a comment form, so that we may have a written record of your input. • We invite you to use the stickie notes provided to identify specific issues which you wish to bring to our attention on base plans or information panels. • If you want City of Toronto Cycling news updates • subscribe to our ‘Cyclometer’ newsletter • follow TO_Cycling on twitter • join the “City of Toronto Cycling” facebook group • After this meeting, project information will be posted to Share your questions, ideas and concerns Montrose contra-flow bicycle lane ( between Harbord St. and Bloor St. )
  3. 3. Background • St. George-Beverley is one of the City’s most popular north-south cycling routes. Cyclist counts have indicated that almost 3,000 cyclists use this route daily. • However, the St. George- Beverley bicycle lanes terminate at Queen St., and it is difficult for cyclists to continue further south. • Currently connecting to John St. or Peter St. means travelling along Queen St. West, which is difficult for cyclists because of the streetcar tracks. Beverly Street looking south
  4. 4. Background • Allowing cyclists to access John St. and Peter St. from Beverley St. would create a viable cycling connection to/from south of Queen St. • To make this work, cyclists need the ability to travel in both directions along sections of Phoebe St. and Stephanie St. (currently one-way) • This requires the addition of yellow “contra-flow” bicycle lanes to allow cyclist to travel westbound on Phoebe St. (Beverley to Soho) and Stephanie St. (John to Beverley)
  5. 5. Context Map
  6. 6. What are “Contra-Flow” bicycle lanes? We are all familiar with one-way streets. They can help make the street grid more disjointed, to keep residential streets from carrying too much traffic. Sometimes, however, valuable neighbourhood connections can be made, by allowing cyclists to travel two ways on streets which only allow for one-way traffic for motor vehicles. Adding a one-way bicycle lane, that is for the opposite direction of the regular traffic lane, allows cyclists to use streets that are quieter, instead of busy arterial roadways. Because some cyclists want to avoid arterial roadways, without a contra-flow bicycle lane, they may try to ride the wrong way on a one-way street illegally. A contra-flow bicycle lane can add to cycling safety, as it provides a legal option, that keeps people travelling in different directions separated by a centre-line. Montrose “contra-flow” bicycle lane Knox “contra-flow” bicycle lane
  7. 7. Types of Bikeways Maitland Place Contra-Flow (with Sharrows)
  8. 8. Changes for Motor Vehicle Phoebe Street On approach to Beverley Street eastbound, the separate left and right turn lanes would be replaced by one shared eastbound lane. Both left and right turns would be made from the shared lane. Soho Street The existing parking on the street would be maintained. “Sharrows” (shared lane markings) would be used to identify a connection between Queen Street and Phoebe Street. Stephanie Street (Beverley St. to John St.) No parking or traffic impacts are identified Installation of contra-flow bicycle lanes on the north side of the Phoebe St. (Soho St. to Beverley St.) and Stephanie St. (Beverley St. to John St.) would allow these streets to function in both directions for cyclists. Motor vehicle access and use of these streets would not change, as the existing one-way operation of the streets will be maintained for motorists. Phoebe St. approaching Beverley St.
  9. 9. Stephanie St. (Optional Section) Stephanie Street: John St. to McCaul St. The existing motor vehicle operation can be maintained with the installation of a contra-flow bicycle lane. This would provide cyclists with a continuous two-way connection between Beverley St. and McCaul St. On-street parking is currently permitted on the north side of Stephanie St. from John St. to McCaul St., except between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Introducing this optional section of the contra-flow lanes on Stephanie St., would require that parking be prohibited on the street. Parking Utilization Parking surveys have indicated that the parking on Stephanie St. is well used: • Saturday Evening (March 1, 2014): 15 of 16 available spaces were occupied (94%) • Sunday Morning (March 2, 2014): 14 of 16 available spaces were occupied (88%) • Monday Morning (March 3, 2014): 13 of 16 available spaces were occupied (81%)
  10. 10. Phoebe St. Proposed Contra-flow Bicycle Lane Existing Cross-Section south curb north curb Note: Road splits to two 3.55 m turn channels southbound and northbound where Phoebe St. meets Beverley St. Proposed Cross-Section south curb north curb westbound “contra-flow” bicycle laneShared travel lane with “side by side” sharrows Phoebe Steet - Existing
  11. 11. Stephanie St. Proposed Contra-flow Bicycle Lane Proposed Cross-Section Beverley St. St. to McCaul St. Shared travel lane with “side by side” sharrows Existing Cross-Section Beverley St. to John St. westbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane Existing Cross-Section John St. to McCaul St. north curbnorth curbsouth curb south curb south curb north curb Stephanie Street - Existing
  12. 12. City Services Toronto Solid Waste Toronto FireTTC The installation of this bikeway will not affect City Services. Fire, EMS, Police, Solid Waste pick-up, street sweeping and snow ploughing, and Wheel-Trans pickups will all continue to be provided at the same level of service as you receive now. Toronto Emergency Services Toronto Police
  13. 13. Soho / Peter / Queen St. Intersection The Phoebe-Soho cycling connection between Beverley St. and Peter St. will require that Soho St. be incorporated into the traffic control signal at Queen St. / Peter St. The modified Queen/Peter/Soho traffic signal will function as a combined intersection. • No changes to roadway alignment are proposed • Existing crosswalks will remain • Existing eastbound to northbound left turn prohibition from Queen St. to Soho St. (7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday) will remain • Existing TTC stop (westbound at Soho St.) will remain. See separate drawing
  14. 14. Related Study: Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks, Including Peter and Simcoe Streets Preliminary Recommendations For more information go to:
  15. 15. Thank You! We Want Your Feedback Please provide comments by March 21, 2014 A staff report outlining recommendations related to this project is planned to be submitted to the May 14, 2014 meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. Comment forms at the registration table Contact Jason Diceman Public Consultation Coordinator City of Toronto Metro Hall, 19th Floor 55 John Street Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 These materials and further updates will be posted at Tel: 416-338-2830 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-338-0889