Woodbine Bike Lanes Update

The City conducted a post-installation study to monitor traffic patterns and growth after the bike lanes were installed last summer. We’re pleased to see that the cycling facilities on Woodbine Avenue have provided an important cycling network connection for east-end neighbourhoods, has encouraged more people to cycle, and has improved the safety and comfort of all road users. You can see the full results of the study below:

Cycling Continues to Grow on Woodbine Avenue

The introduction of cycling facilities (a combination cycle tracks and bike lanes) on Woodbine Avenue has resulted in an increased number of people cycling. Based on bike counts before (2016) and after (2018) the installation of these cycling facilities, the number of people cycling on Woodbine Avenue has more than doubled.

  • Counts were conducted on Woodbine Avenue/Cosburn Avenue and Woodbine Avenue/Gerrard Street East and were based on an average for 12 hour daytime period over one week.
  • Between May 11 and May 17, 2016, the average number of cyclists during 12 hour daytime ranged from 70 to 80.
  • Between May 12 and May 18, 2018, the average number of cyclists during 12 hour daytime ranged from 220 to 230.
  • The above represents 170% to 220% increase in the number of people cycling on Woodbine Avenue.

Bicycle counts on Woodbine Avenue south of Danforth Avenue for July 2018 saw as many as 580 cyclists on a single day which increased from 425 cyclists per day from October 2017. No before counts are available for this location.

Effect on Motor Vehicle Travel Time

The average motor vehicle travel times on Woodbine Avenue for northbound and southbound directions between O’Connor Drive and Queen Street East from May 2016 and May 2018 were compared for the morning (7.00-10.00 a.m.), mid-day (11.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.) and afternoon (4.00-7.00 p.m.) peak hours.

AM and mid-day peak hours experienced minimal changes to travel times (+/- less than a minute). The PM peak hours experience moderate increase in travel time of up to 2.5 minutes. Table below summarizes the changes in average travel times on Woodbine Avenue.

Street May 2016(in minutes) May 2018(in minutes) Change 2018-2016 (in minutes)
AM Peak Hours
Woodbine Southbound 0:08:36 0:09:05 + 0:00:29
Woodbine Northbound 0:08:23 0:08:41 + 0:00:18
Mid-day Peak Hours
Woodbine Southbound 0:08:20 0:08:19 – 0:00:01
Woodbine Northbound 0:07:33 0:08:48 + 0:01:15
PM Peak Hours
Woodbine Southbound 0:08:20 0:10:32 + 0:02:13
Woodbine Northbound 0:09:16 0:11:57 + 0:02:41

 

Side Street Observations

In order to address concerns that some traffic could be diverting away from Woodbine Avenue to area side streets, volume and/or speed studies were conducted for some parallel and cross streets within Ward 31 and Ward 32. These streets included Woodmount Avenue (between Danforth Avenue and O’Connor Drive), Savoy Avenue east of Woodbine Avenue and Heyworth Crescent east of Woodbine Avenue.

  • Based on comparison of before and after traffic counts, no noticeable change in traffic volume was noted on Woodmount Avenue.
  • Based on before and after traffic counts, no change was noted in traffic volume on Savoy Avenue.
  • Based on traffic counts from October 2017, a total of 237 vehicles used Heyworth Crescent over an 8-hour daytime period. Before counts for Heyworth Crescent are not available. Speed studies measured an average speed of 25 km/hr within a 30 km/hr posted speed limit zone.

Traffic volume studies are planned for Cassels Avenue, Burgess Avenue and Duvernet Avenue this fall 2018.

Making the Connection to the Waterfront Trail

Two new traffic control signals required to connect the Woodbine Avenue cycling facilities from Dixon Avenue to the Waterfront Trail were approved by City Council on July 30, 2018.

The first traffic control signal will be installed at the intersection of Woodbine Avenue and Dixon Avenue. The second traffic control signal will replace existing pedestrian crossover at the intersection of Queen Street East and Lockwood Road/Sarah Ashbridge Avenue.

Parking Changes

In order to address sight line issues and safety concerns expressed by area residents and businesses, four parking spaces will be removed on Woodbine Avenue. This includes removing one space at Burgess Avenue and three spaces just south of 1071 Woodbine Avenue. These changes will be completed later this year.

Five additional on-street parking spaces were installed to accommodate parking requirements for local residents and business owners. These include three spaces south of Heyworth Crescent, one south of Dixon Avenue, and one north of Lumsden Avenue/Mortimer Avenue.

These parking adjustments were approved by City Council on July 23, 2018.

Corley Avenue Contra-flow Bike Lane

Installation of the bike signal head needed for eastbound cyclists at Eastwood Road/Corley Avenue is expected to happen this fall which will be immediately followed by bike lane painting and signage.

Norway Public School and area residents will be notified once there is a confirmed date for the work.

 

 

Contact Information
Maogosha Pyjor
Senior Public Consultation Coordinator
Tel: 416-338-2850
Email: Maogosha.Pyjor@toronto.ca