Saturday, July 16, 2011

Laurier Avenue segregated bike lane week #1

It’s been a week since the Laurier Avenue segregated (or dedicated) bike lanes opened and despite the warnings of critics, cars and cyclists are not colliding at record levels and a general state of havoc has not happened yet. One of the concerns I heard expressed was that parking would become very difficult. Well, the photo below was taken on Thursday at 11:30 A.M. which is a fairly busy time downtown. As you can see though, there are quite a few parking spots available here. This is on Gloucester between Metcalfe and O’Connor. A parking crush? Hardly.

Gloucester parking

Parking problems?

Another concern was with delivery vehicles. I had not seen any vehicles parked in the bike lane until today (Saturday July 16). In pedestrian mode, we noticed a cyclist having a talk with the driver of this white van. The driver would not move. The cyclist then approached a passing police car. The officer appeared to exchange words with the van’s driver yet the van remained there as the police car disappeared. Obviously, enforcement of the law is going to be important for the bike lanes to function. I was very surprised that the officer allowed the driver of this van to finish off his business rather than instructing him to move out of the lane.

bike lane incident 1

bike lane incident

Annoyed cyclist and the van remains!

Lastly, the number of cyclists downtown continues to grow. Looking at the various bike racks around town, it's pretty easy to see.

Gloucester and O'connor

Bike racks on O'Connor Street


  1. nice writing, my friend Sunil Munde would love reading your blog.

  2. Lovely to see so many bikes! I too go everywhere on my bike.

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. Hmmm. Painted lines on roads don't fulfil my idea of 'segregated bike lanes'.

  4. @Benicek, the photo above shows the lane as it passes by a parking lot so obviously the barriers are not present in that spot to allow cars to exit. Other photos on the blog show the full segregation.

  5. In San Francisco, Berkeley, and Marin County, California, the bikes and motorized traffic more or less coexist fairly well. Thanks for posting!

  6. I would like to see the police respond to this!

  7. Yeah ... right ... and where has the delivery guy has to park then ?!? Everybody has always have to complain ... except, when THAT delivery guy is making a delivering with something FOR YOU !!! Or do you think, that the manufacurer of Bikes also put his truk in his pocket, when he's delivering YOUR new bike somewhere ?????

  8. Anonymous, it's a little hard to understand what you're saying. Perhaps English is not your first language. But I get the idea you think are wondering where he is supposed to park. Well, for starters, in any number of unused spots on the street nearby. There were several. Also, to the left (looking at the pic) there is a small parking that cuts over to another street. That street has several loading zones. Very handy when I used to do deliveries. In short, he had options but he was too lazy to use them.

  9. I think the segregated lanes are actually more dangerous as cars are less likely to care about cyclists when they turn, and that's usually when you collide with cars. We need bridges over turning areas! And when you need to go on the road, boy, are the drivers ever hostile!

    I would prefer money being spent on plowing paths in the winter ... .

  10. Thanks for the comment Anonymous...however, I disagree. The safest cities for cycling are the ones with segregated bike lanes. That is a statistical fact.