A bike lane on University?

Bike lane

A pair of city councillors are pushing for a bike lane along University Avenue as the city looks to help people move around while keeping their distance.

In a letter to the city's general manager of transportation services, Councillors Joe Cressy and Mike Layton say the need for protected bike lanes is more pressing now than ever.

They're calling for a bike lane that would run along University, Queen's Park Crescent and Avenue Road from Davenport to Adelaide. They want it included in the ActiveTO plan, which looks to make more space for pedestrians and cyclists to get around while following social distancing guidelines.

Speaking to the Toronto Star, Cressy points out that the bike lane would run along a subway line, which people may be reluctant to use because of the pandemic.

But not everyone agrees.

Councillor Stephen Holyday argues that the city needs to watch its spending. The cost of the pandemic is estimated at $1.5 billion this year. He tells the Star that nobody knows what traffic volumes will look like in the fall but with fewer willing to take transit, there could be more congestion.

For that reason, he says the city needs to be cautious about removing lanes.