This is a collaborative project designed to explore opportunities for using laneways to address gaps in Toronto's cycling network.
Working with The Laneway Project and the Community Bicycle Network, CUI will be undertaking engagement with local cyclists and stakeholders and conducting research to identify opportunities for adapting Toronto's laneways to create safe and efficient cycling routes. The objective is to identify solutions that can be implemented in the short and medium terms, while more significant infrastructure investment is being undertaken, in accordance with the Cycling Network Ten Year Plan.
Toronto has a dense network of more than 2400 public laneways, spanning over 300 linear kilometers and running throughout our most built-up downtown and midtown neighbourhoods. The Laneway Project’s research over the past two years has demonstrated that laneways are largely underutilized and are an “untapped” resource of public space.
We think that laneways provide a unique opportunity to improve the city’s cycling network. They are already separated from the main roads, and by their very nature (narrow widths, multiple users) require lower traffic speeds. People tend not to drive in laneways unless absolutely necessary. Laneways also provide an opportunity to introduce new design or safety measures - traffic calming, wayfinding, pavement painting, bollards - without having a significant impact on the of the functionality of the local transportation network, or causing conflict among local businesses. They provide an opportunity for a “lighter, quicker, cheaper” solution, meaning that they can offer more immediate, temporary and lower-cost solutions.
For additional information, you can download the Full Background Research Report.