The title of my blog today is’We Need To Accomodate Cars and Trucks Too’.
I know there are some would-be urban planners that will see red when they read that headline, but it’s a reality that we need to discuss.
The issue came up at City Hall the other day when they discussed a proposal to make Main Street between the 403 and Queen Street more ‘people friendly’ by reducing the number of traffic lanes and dedicating lanes for bikes and public transit.
I support the plan for a dedicated bike lane on Cannon; in fact I like the idea of extending it all the way down York Boulevard to Dundurn Castle.
But Main Street needs more consideration.
Tens of thousands of cars and trucks use Main Street every day to gain access to Downtown.
They work downtown, they shop downtown and they eat in the restaurants and coffee shops downtown.
That section of Main Street is often gridlocked every morning because of incoming traffic.
Reducing traffic lanes will force those vehicles into neighbourhood streets and that raises some serious safety issues.
Let’ s remember too that very soon there will be a dedicted bus lane on that stretch of Main as a pilot project for enhanced public transit.
Council was right to delay any decision until more information is available.
This shouldn’t be about cars versus bikes; it should be about how to accomodate both.