Five things we learned from Toronto’s cycle track pilots

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since living in Toronto, it’s that the city — or at least its Mayor and councillors — seem to love a pilot project.

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A five-year-long “pilot” of bike lanes in downtown Toronto will finally become permanent after a committee of Toronto City Council approved it, off the back of some stunning results. So what prompted councillors to vote unanimously in favour?

What are they?

The small grid of protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks, primarily on Adelaide St and Richmond St with small spurs were first installed in 2014 with later additions. Both streets operate one-way in opposite directions. For nearly nine kilometres they are largely ‘protected’ by bollards or planters along their length. The lanes on Simcoe St, pictured below, provide one of the north-south connections for the two routes.