Cyclists found the eastbound bike lane on the Prince Edward Viaduct blocked by barriers Tuesday evening, forcing them to merge with vehicular traffic on the busy route.
The lane was still closed Wednesday morning, when the city said on its Toronto Cycling Twitter feed that a contractor had improperly closed the lane and a fix was in the works.
But a construction notice dated July 4 noted the bike lane would be closed as part of ongoing repairs on the bridge substructure and deck drainage to take place over the next year.
The bike lane closure is part of work to patch Bell Canada manhole covers on the bridge, said local councillor Mary Fragedakis.
“They haven’t given a time frame of how long that’s going to take,” she said.
Signs were posted Tuesday at the eastbound entrance to the bridge, warning “bike lane closed ahead” and “motorists and cyclists share the road.”
Arcady Genkin bikes daily over the Prince Edward Viaduct, which connects Bloor St. E. and Danforth Ave. over the Don River, between his job at the University of Toronto and his home in Riverdale best payday advance.
“Hopefully they’re going to fix it. I hope they’re going to punish the contractor who did this because they endangered the lives of many people,” Genkin said, adding he’s glad he didn’t have his kids in the bike trailer.
Arcady chose to cycle in the middle of the car lane, which is legal. Others were trying to hug the concrete barrier, leaving little room between them and the fast-moving cars, he said.
The barriers blocking the bike lane were spread out in five sections, meaning cyclists could choose to rejoin the bike lane for a few metres and then merge again with traffic, something Genkin said only added to the danger.
“The moment of merging with the car lane is the most dangerous thing. You need to be really aware and the motorist needs to be really aware of the cyclist doing this,” he said.
The closest detours are the Gerrard St. bridge and a pedestrian bridge at Riverdale Park.
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