May 27 - June 30


Great Places to Ride: Toronto

Published May 18, 2018 11:17

We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series as we countdown to 2018 Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph. These weekly features will give you a host of ideas on where to ride in your community. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or simply bike to get around town, we hope you’ll discover something new!

For this week's installment, we're featuring some of Toronto's newest and best cycling facilities: the Richmond and Adelaide St cycle tracks and the Martin Goodman Trail.

All photographs: Nicholas Jones

Richmond and Adelaide cycle tracks

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The Richmond and Adelaide cycle tracks are the most used cycling facilities in the City with an average weekday volume of 6,540 cyclists per day (based on 24-hour counts taken in June 2016).

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The cycle tracks were installed between July 2014 and September 2015 and included two phases. The first phase in July 2014 included cycle tracks on Richmond St from York St to Bathurst St, and Adelaide St from Bathurst St to Simcoe St. The second phase in September 2015 extended both routes east to Parliament St, creating much-needed east-west connections across downtown.

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As part of the project, cycle tracks were also installed on Simcoe St from Queen St W to Front St W in July of 2014 and Peter St from King St W to Queen St W in October of 2016. To separate the vehicle lanes from the bicycle lanes, flexi-post bollards (as you can see in the photo above) were installed along these routes. Along some sections the City has partnered with the local BIAs to provide planters in between the bollards, further protecting the bicycle lane while enhancing the public realm. These bollard installations are now used on many of the City’s cycle tracks.

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Toronto is also home to fantastic multi-use trails, one of the most popular being the Martin Goodman Trail.

Martin Goodman Trail (near Sherbourne St. cycle tracks)

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This is a scenic recreational pathway that links up with Toronto's first ever cycle track on Sherbourne St. The Martin Goodman Trail runs along Toronto's waterfront from the Humber Bridge in the west to Kew Beach in the east. The trail spans approximately 20km and is connected on either side by the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

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In June of 2015 the reconstruction of Queens Quay included a new street configuration as well as a newly redesigned trail through the core of Toronto's waterfront from Bathurst to Parliament.

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Starting this summer 2018, a new connection along Unwin Ave is planned for construction and will fill a gap in the 20km route across the Waterfront.

Get ready to ride on Bike to Work Day in Toronto!

Ride and win!

There are three easy ways to enter:
  1. Ride your bike to school or work on May 28,
  2. Participate in an official Bike to Work Day event,or 
  3. Join any Bike Month event on the calendar.
Once you register, get bonus entries in two ways: log a cycling trip on the Smart Commute tool, or recruit a friend through email/social media using a unique link we provide to your referral page. Contest closes June 4, 2018.

Where do you ride?

Let us know where you’re riding by tagging us on Twitter @BikeMonth and Facebook @Bike Month, and/or using #BikeMonth across social media platforms.

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Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.