London

Colborne Street to get more protected bike lanes this summer

The long-awaited construction of protected bike lanes on Colborne Street from Dufferin Avenue to Oxford Street will be completed by the end of the summer, city officials say. 

Construction is expected to start this summer

The proposed cycle track on Colborne Street. (Supplied by City of London)

The long-awaited construction of protected bike lanes on Colborne Street from Dufferin Avenue to Oxford Street will be completed by the end of the summer, city officials say. 

The cycle track will be a continuation of similar infrastructure that runs from Dufferin to Horton Street. That part was completed in the summer of 2018, and city engineers have taken into account feedback from cyclists to design the newest portion, said Garfield Dales, London's manager of transportation planning and design. 

"We have taken that feedback and we are going to incorporate it into this design," he said. 

On Wednesday, the city will unveil the design of the cycle track, which will use the current road width but will take away parking along Colborne and will also include repaving a portion of the street which is badly in need of repairs. 

"Some of the pavement is definitely showing it's age, so we will be taking care of that," Dales said. 

What Colborne Street looks like now. (Supplied by City of London)

The city will be incorporating planters into the divider between cars and cyclists, and will use fewer of the flexible green posts that line the previous portion, Dales said. Those ideas came from people who use the Dufferin-to-Horton section. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the city from holding its usual open house to unveil the design and gather input. Instead, the design will be revealed Wednesday online, and officials are hoping to get input from users across the city. 

The expansion of the cycling infrastructure could also mean left-turn lanes at Pall Mall and Piccadilly streets will be removed.