Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The story of Toronto’s Kennedy Road

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This is an example of unplanned urbanization in the City of Toronto

From Eglinton to Ellesmere there are separate bus and bike lanes on the right hand side of Kennedy Road in red.

This is an example of unplanned urbanization in the City of Toronto.

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Commuting to work via this road every day is currently suffering. Because this road is one of the busiest roads for private cars. Due to the separate bus and bike lanes, the two-lane road has become too narrow for private car traffic. Previously, private cars could travel through two lanes. Now you have to travel through a lane on the left side.

Pictured below is a long line of private cars from the Kennedy-Ellesmere traffic signal. This kind of traffic jam was not so common in the past.

This Kennedy Road is quite long. Some parts of it are three lanes, some parts are four lanes, some parts are two lanes.

The strange thing is that there are separate bike and bus lanes in the two lane sections. As a result, two lanes have now become one lane for private car traffic.

As a result, traffic jams have now become routine affairs. This jam is definitely seen especially during commuting. Again arrow sign is given to go right after some distance. As a result, you have to gain a lot of speed even while taking a sudden right turn from the left lane.

I travel on this road every day but bikes are not visible. TTC buses are often seen but there is no movement of bikes.

As far as I understand, there are separate lanes for bikes and buses on those roads that are quite wide, but if there are separate lanes for bikes and buses on those roads that are two lanes, there will definitely be a traffic jam.

The current Toronto city father seems pretty bike-friendly. Soon the entire city of Toronto will become a city of bike lanes, while many roads do not even have bikes.

If you go down town, you can see a lot of bike movement but in many places there is not much bike movement. If there is a bike lane, there must be bike lovers.

So much of the City of Toronto is now in the grip of unplanned urbanization.

Citizens are paying a heap of taxes but citizens are not getting much benefits, rather citizens are suffering instead of benefits due to lack of planning.

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