Temporary Bike Parking in Ghent

Temporary Bike Parking in Ghent

Attention to detail: This is temporary bike parking for an event in the city of Ghent in Belgium. The sign indicates how long the parking will be in place so that cyclists will know to whether they want to use it.

Rush Hour Sharrow Evaluation Report Released and Public Meeting - Jan 20

In May 2010, the City of Toronto installed a new application of shared lane pavement markings referred to as "rush hour" sharrows on College Street. In the summer of 2010 the City of Toronto, in partnership with TCAT, conducted an evaluation of the impact of sharrows on cyclist and motorist behaviour. TCAT participated in the study design and data analysis, and provided support in soliciting survey staff and participants.

"Chirp, Chirp" audible pedestrian signal being phased out

In Toronto about 2,220 crosswalks have electronic signals that let visually impaired pedestrians know when they have the right-of-way. There are different sounds depending on the direction - a "chirp, chirp" sound indicates that pedestrians may cross east-west while "cuckoo" is the signal for north-south.

New Videos and Intersection Treatment Survey - Nov 26

The City of Toronto has installed a new intersection treatment at Harbord and St. George Street, and they want feedback.

If you are a driver or a cyclist who travels through this intersection, please consider participating in a short online survey. The information you provide will be used to evaluate the new intersection treatment. The survey is anonymous, and you will not be asked for any private information.

Click here to complete the survey. You can also enter a draw to win great prizes!

Bike Boxes Come to Toronto

Toronto got its first bike boxes last week when the City installed 4 bike boxes at the St. George Street and Harbord Street – Hoskin Avenue intersection on the University of Toronto campus.

Bike boxes are a pavement marking behind the pedestrian crosswalk where bikes can wait in front of cars at red lights. When the light turns green, cyclists can proceed before cars, which is considered safer as they are more visible than in ordinary situations. Intersections with bike boxes do not permit turns on red lights, further reducing risk to cyclists.

City Continues with Expansion of Zebra Markings

The City is continuing to install zebra markings at pedestrian crossings. Zebra striped pedestrian crossing make pedestrian crossings more visible, with the goal of making our streets safer.

In 2006, City Council adopted the Zebra Crossing Policy, which makes the markings "the standard crosswalk marking treatment for all signalized intersections and pedestrian crossovers in conjunction with all road reconstruction and resurfacing projects, and with all new traffic control signal and pedestrian crossover installations."

New Video Highlights NYC's Success Improving Their Streets and Public Spaces

City of Toronto Sharrow Ads

The City of Toronto has developed a new set of sharrow ads as part of their education efforts  on these new road pavement markings intended to indicate where cyclists should ride in a travel lane. More information on sharrows can be found here.

TCAT worked with the City of Toronto to evaluate these sharrows over the summer. The results of that evaluation are scheduled to be released this fall.


Four Pedestrian Zones Hit U of T and Ryerson

This fall, students, staff and faculty at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto will have more outdoor public spaces to enjoy. This week, the City began implementing its Pedestrian Zone Pilot Project, which will close four streets to vehicles and instead install planters, tables and chairs.

Changes to Front Street at Union Station to Accommodate Pedestrians – Public Comments Being Accepted Until July 27, 2010

The City of Toronto is currently considering reconfiguring Front Street West from Bay Street to York Street to accommodate anticipated increased pedestrian traffic resulting from GO Transit’s expansion.

Ideas coming from the city include: