Many drivers flee Bloor St. because of new bicycle lanes

Drivers slow down or avoid streets where there are bicycle lanes and especially where there are large numbers of bicycles. This is the entirely predictable discovery from the first couple of months of bike lanes on Bloor Street between Ossington Ave. to Bay St. Drivers as a group get it that cyclists and cars are not particularly compatible. The mayor’s office is saying in the face of this early data that the City “will take steps” to help cars move faster. These steps are not named. In the meantime, 22 percent of the drivers who used to travel on Bloor have fled the street. Cycling has increased as a percentage total traffic (to 18 percent) largely as a result of this change according to CP24. Release issued at 9 a.m. Friday