Thanks Anders. What sort of "near-misses at the four way stop-sign at
McMillan/Lilac" do you mean? (I think you meant Dorchester.) Are these
just because of cyclists not stopping?
I measured that part of Lilac again and came up with 46' for the total
width. I agree with Charles, the speeds are not high in that short
stretch, and I think that the travel lane could be reduced to 10'. I'm
not sure any further traffic calming is required.
I'm not sure what the standard allowance is for parking, but I see
that the new Harrow bulbouts are 9', so I'll assume they have been
So on Lilac, if the travel lanes were 10', then we would have room for
either a wide curb lane at 13' (my personal preference), or a 4' bike
lane plus 9' for parking.
I find it interesting that even Charles feels the pressure to ride too
close to the parked cars on Lilac.
I do agree that Lilac should at least appear on the cyclists map as a
preferred route. If you are going to/from south Pembina from/to the
Maryland bridge, Lilac/Ruskin is significantly more direct than
Harrow, plus it avoids the death-defying left turn from Pembina onto
Harrow (which is impossible during rush hour).
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM, Charles F <c_fea...@mts.net
> > I ride the section of Lilac between Corydon and Grosvenor many times a
> > week.
> > I am afraid parked cars are a fact of life on those blocks, because
> > there are apartments with no parking garages, stores and
> > restaurants. It would be very disruptive to eliminate any of the
> > parking.
> > Most people drive through there quite slowly, so it generally feels
> > fairly safe, although one does have to take some risks of a door
> > prize.
> > Maybe a 30 kph speed limit or other traffic calming would be helpful.
> > Regards
> > Charles
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