A huge milestone for bicycle advocacy in Toronto was celebrated on Friday, August 12. Bicycle bells rang in the official opening of the Bloor Street Bike Lanes, a pilot project that will allow the city to demonstrate and study the impacts of adding cycle tracks along a 2.6km stretch of Bloor Street.
For decades, bicycle advocates have been fighting for bike lanes on Bloor Street, a major urban artery with an AADT approaching 30,000 vehicles a day. Bloor Street is home to the Bloor subway line, mixed-use commercial and residential buildings, and is a lively and iconic part of Toronto. In May, Council approved the installation of the Eastbound and Westbound cycle tracks.
Data’s role in the Bloor Street Bike Lanes Pilot
Analysis for this Pilot will be the most robust measurement and evaluation of any transportation project completed before by the city. Along with multimodal traffic data provided by Miovision, the city is working with partners to measure parking utilization, economic impacts, and safety.
The Bloor Street Bike Lanes are part of Toronto’s ten-year cycling plan to double the amount of cycling routes in Toronto by 2027. The outcome of this analysis and the decision on permanently installed cycle tracks is due in a report to council in Q3 2017.
Traffic Data by Miovision Donated at No Cost
Multimodal traffic data for this pilot is being donated by Miovision because we believe that cycling infrastructure is an important component of a smart(er) city. The rigorous analysis of this pilot is the perfect opportunity to partner with a forward-thinking city like Toronto. The pilot also allows us to combine efforts with the University of Toronto’s Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) for research and development into conflict analysis and cycling safety analysis.
Multimodal data will be collected at three points during the pilot:
- Pre-install benchmark data was collected in June, producing 16 individual datasets along the corridor.
- Post-install traffic data will be collected in late September during ‘average’ traffic patterns.
- Comparison data will be collected in June 2017.
Better Data, Better Decisions
Since this pilot is contentious with not all Council members or citizens agreeing with bike lanes on Bloor, data will play a huge role in the final decision. Whatever the outcome, we’re pleased to provide the data for this important study. Better data empowers better decisions about the places we live and a data-driven city is a smarter city.