It’s bad enough that the city only created 1 km of bike lanes last year. What’s even worse is that the city is allowing those bike lanes that do exist to be systematically torn up and made unusable.
The above image is of the northbound bike lane on Beverly Street, one of the most heavily used in the city. A contractor is doing some kind of sewer or watermain work on the street, right under the bike lane. When they’re finished, they are doing an appalling slapdash patch job, leaving a rough, bumpy mound of asphalt where the bike lane used to be.
The main fault lies with the city, which does not require utilities contractors to restore the road to its previous smooth, even condition after it’s been dug up for utilities work. And since utilities are usually located at the side of the road, that means that bike lanes become unusuable.
I believe that other cities require contractors to restore the road to an even surface when they’re done. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask. Toronto has to do so too, or it cannot seriously consider itself a bike-friendly city.