Here’s the way many local cyclists approach the Robertson/Moodie intersection:
It’s not legal but it’s safe – if the cyclist encounters the odd pedestrian, which is rare, there is lots of room to yield and use the boulevard area. The only problem area is crossing the right-turn lane, but cyclists will check to make sure no traffic is coming out of self-preservation, and car drivers are careful. So the existing situation isn’t terrible.
Maybe a speed hump or enhanced signage if anything?
The $3M intersection expansion can’t be justified as an “improvement” to cycling and pedestrian safety.
Here’s what the new official route will look like for cyclists (minus the extra lanes, the painted lines and the “enhanced” right-turn lanes designed to rush vehicles through the intersection as quickly as possible). Is shaving a second off a car trip such a lofty goal? Cyclists generally dislike riding between traffic lanes, especially if the vehicles are driving fast.
I’m good with it, but would you want a child or a novice cyclist cycling between lanes of high-speed traffic? As an “improvement” it sure isn’t worth $3M from a cyclist’s point of view, and it sure won’t do anything to encourage more cycling in Bells Corners.
The new “bike-lanes” end suddenly on either side of the project area, where law-abiding cyclists ride cheek by jowl with the busses and trucks. Many others use the boulevard area illegally.
Hopefully some of the community’s questions will be answered at the March 12, 7 p.m. meeting at the community building on Seyton Drive.
But maybe not.