The Globe and Mail: Toronto to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of increasing safety
Toronto will narrow many of the city’s traffic lanes in a bid to increase safety by reining in speeds while freeing up space for bicycle lanes or wider sidewalks.
The city has just finished a new policy for lane widths, guidelines that will be rolled out gradually across Toronto.
It will mean that, over a period of years, the lanes on streets across the city will be redrawn. A city official said current widths can encourage drivers to go faster than necessary. The new lanes will generally range from 3 to 4.3 metres, depending on location.
3 to 4.3 meters equals 9′ 11″ to 14′ 1″ in American. 14′ is crazy wide, but 9′ 11″… RIDOT would faint dead away.
For example, buses operated by the TTC are up to 2.97 metres wide, including mirrors, and lanes on bus routes are to be a minimum of 3.3 metres wherever possible.
3.3 meters equals 10′ 6″.
The Atlantic: How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable
Becoming more bikeable: That seems to be a must for any self-respecting major American city these days. But what does it take to achieve that goal? Resources, of course—the funds to create the infrastructure for safe and comfortable bikeways. But the most important thing is political will. It takes real political leadership to overcome opposition to change.
Just ask people in Pittsburgh, which is making great progress on its goals to become more bikeable. It’s happening partly because of long-term, purposeful advocacy from organizations like BikePGH. But the most important factor in Pittsburgh’s success is the political leadership of Bill Peduto, the city’s mayor of only eleven months.
Indeed, big overhauls in the structure of a city require direct input from a Mayor.
Remember hype abt the opportunity repaving presented for bike infrastructure? Almost done & no meaningful additions. http://t.co/emv9t9kJC5
— Jen (@iowa_jen) November 26, 2014
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