Bike lanes arrive on Bloor as part of pilot project

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After years of debate, Toronto cyclists are finally getting bike lanes along Bloor Street in a pilot project. The street is an active artery for more than 3,000 cyclists daily, according to the Torontoist, and the temporary bike lanes are running between Shaw St.t and Avenue Rd. this summer.

To accommodate the new infrastructure, Bloor St. will be reduced to one lane in each direction and all on-street parking will be removed for the first few days of construction. The appropriate signage to reflect the changes and flexi-posts will also be installed. Construction is expected to wrap up before the end of the month.

This pilot project is intended to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor. A report will be presented at City Council towards the end of 2017 to discuss the results of the project. As such, the pilot is subject to removal if the lanes are deemed detrimental to the flow of traffic.

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calling the Bloor Street bike lanes a "game changer," and some are hoping the lanes will get more female cyclists out on the streets.