Although Toronto has received great improvements in cycling infrastructure within recent years, medium and long distance bike trips remain a challenge. That is because even on streets with bike lanes in place, cyclists must make frequent stops at cross streets, and this lowers their average speeds significantly.
Now imagine if Toronto had an extensive network of bicycle “expressways”: grade-separated trails that eliminate the conflict between cyclists and motorists and enable safe and smooth cross-town rides.
Luckily, we already have a network of grade-separated ways in Toronto’s railway corridors, and even when accounting for future track expansion, most of these corridors have enough space to safely accommodate bike trails. And since the most difficult obstacle, the grade-separation, is already in place, the implementation is relatively simple.