UPDATE: Committee approves Bloor St bike lane study
The public works committee has approved an environmental assessment to look at adding bike lanes to one of the city's busiest east-west corridors.
After a 5-1 vote, the committee is recommending that a study be done on Bloor St, at the same time that staff look into adding bike lanes on Dupont St.
The only councillor to vote against the assessment was the committee's chair, Denzil Minnan-Wong.
He says Bloor St is not an appropriate location for bike lanes.
"Bloor is an important arterial corridor for vehicles, and congestion is a real problem," he says. "Putting in bike lanes would make congestion and traffic even worse."
Minnan-Wong says the city has to be selective when adding bike lanes.
"I have a very strong record of supporting bike lanes," he says. "But that doesn't mean that bike lanes should go on every street."
Cycle Toronto, an advocacy group, has been pushing for bike lanes on Bloor St.
"There aren't a lot of safe ways for [cyclists] to travel east-west through the city," says Jared Kolb, the group's executive director.
He says Bloor is the best solution.
"When you look at other east-west streets in the west end, College, Dundas, Queen, King, they all have streetcar tracks on them, which makes it very difficult to add a really great separated bike lane."
The matter will go to council for a final vote.