A cyclist using the Bloor Street bike lane. NATHAN CHAN/THE VARSITY

Bloor Street West now boasts demarcated bike lanes from Shaw Street to Avenue Road, spanning approximately 2.4 kilometres.

The newly-installed lanes are part of a pilot project that was approved by City Council in May. The $500,000 plan was given the go-ahead with a majority vote of 38–3.

Construction on the lanes began in late July; signage and barrier installation is almost complete. The marked lanes have been painted and are currently in use.

The targeted strip of road between Shaw Street and Avenue Road sees an average of 3,350 cyclists a day. In regards to UTSG accessibility, the bike lanes run past Bedford Road, Devonshire Place, St. George Street, Huron Street, and Spadina Avenue.

The lanes are temporary until a follow-up evaluation takes place in late 2017. According to the City of Toronto, Transportation Services will conduct “extensive monitoring and evaluation, as well as public feedback collection” over the next year, before making a final decision.

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