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Bannantyne & McDermot bike lanes


McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue provide important east-west connections between Waterfront Drive and Sherbrook Street. This project will improve the existing painted bike lanes to protected lanes so that that they are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.

Construction is expected to being in early summer of one-way protected bike lanes on both McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue between Waterfront Drive and Furby Street. The project also includes designing a connection to downtown using Ellen/Carlton Street and Hargrave Street. The recommended design includes one-way protected bike lanes on each of Ellen/Carlton Street and Hargrave Street.


  1. This is a terrible idea, it eliminates 1 lane for cars and 50% of the parking on these streets. All the loading zones for the business are gone? How do you expect people to load equipment across the street in the exchange district? How can the city justify this? When you weigh cars vs bike’s it’s pretty clear there are more cars on the road. I can hardly wait to see rush hour on these streets. Thanks for screwing up the exchange district! The bike lane the way it was was fine, how much is this costing the city? This city is so backwards in their thinking, and always crying for money. When i don’t have money I don’t remodel and neither should the city.

  2. Hey Mark… All the more power to you if you cycle in the winter. personally I love cycling but your not going to see me on any bike lane in the dead of winter. Parking in the exchange is always a challenge. Sorry pal, the bike lane it’s not worth 8 million! This city is over govern and over taxed. You could probably cut 1/2 of government and 1/2 of school superintendents and this city would be in much better shape!

  3. I commute to work by bike in the summer and bus in the winter, use the McDermot route from Albert to waterfront daily. While I appreciate the intent to improve ATR’s the new “protected” bike lane has done nothing but add extra risk and stress to the commute! Prior to the addition of the Lane I would take the center lane straight across main into the east exchange then waterfront, I could match traffic flow and be seen by motorists. Now being shuffled behind the barrier I’m tucked into blind spots and forced to make dangerous crossings at where mcdermot crosses main Rorie, and waterfront . At those intersections there is no “right on red” restriction so now I’m in a blind spot beside a vehicle at risk of getting clipped by people attempting to turn right as they scan left for oncoming traffic. This is significantly more dangerous than being directly behind a vehicle where the driver can see my position. Add to that drivers are more agitated and road ragey due to the added congestion. Hope this gets fixed before someone gets killed.

    • Hi Tony,

      Send this in to 311 to make sure that it gets recorded in the system. The beauty with the adjustable lanes is that there is a review and refinement process. Right turn restrictions are a possibility, especially at Main Street.

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