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    How's Mount Pleasant at rush-hour? (Toronto)

    The most direct route for my commute to/from work is up Yonge (Church/Wellesley to Yonge/Eglington)

    Going to work is fine in the mornings and the traffic usually isn't that bad, but coming home the past while has been a bit nuts and really making me not enjoy the commute.

    If I have the time, I don't mind cutting across Broadway until the Don Valley Trails and taking that route home for a scenic detour, or now and then maybe entering in at the David Balfour park near St. Clair, and coming out near the end of Mt. Pleasant for the rest of the ride - but debating just cutting across to Mt. Pleasant and riding that back downtown - or is this just asking for more trouble than biking down Yonge street at 5:00pm?

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    I wouldn't like the idea of Mount Pleasant in rush hour. Even Avenue would be better than that I'd think.

    You could always cut across to the bike trail that ends up at St George/Beverley (I can't remember what streets that uses after Dupont) and then cut across to Church.
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    Every time I've been on Mount Pleasant, it's busy and seems to be treated like a highway, especially between Bloor and St Clair. I wouldn't ride it myself.
    I used to ride the route you're asking about few years ago. I went up Church to Davenport, then through Forest Hill, over to Lascelles to Eglinton. The route is here: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/map/index.htm , map 6. It takes you a bit to the west, but not too much.

    You can also check the route here: http://www.ridethecity.com/toronto

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    That's the one I was thinking of.

    Thank you, Lucille.
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    My pleasure. We cross-posted.

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    My daily route is from Mt Pleasant and Davisville to Church and Adelaide and I use Route 41. Fairly nice ride through Rosedale that connects with the Sherbourne bike lane. Low traffic, wide roads and there is a long stretch down Glen Road with no stops.
    Last edited by kwki; 06-11-10 at 06:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwki View Post
    My daily route is from Mt Pleasant and Davisville to Church and Adelaide and I use Route 41. Fairly nice ride through Rosedale that connects with the Sherbourne bike lane. Low traffic, wide roads and there is a long stretch down Glen Road with no stops.
    Interesting suggestion! :-) I live off Mt Pleasant, north of Eglington, and have to get to Church and Dundas. I normally just ride down Mt Pleasant and cut across to Church, and down from there. How do you get to Rosedale? i.e. do you have to go west first, or one of the side streets off Mt Pleasant will get you there?

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    I take Mt. Pleasant to Moore and go east to Welland and follow bike route 41 to 39. I cut across to Church on Shuter as it has bike lanes too. I have mapped it out here:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/ca/on...27847295523548

    The only other thing I would point out is that there is a pedestrian/bicycle bridge that crosses the railway tracks at the bottom of MacLennan Ave that connects to Summerhill Ave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwki View Post
    I take Mt. Pleasant to Moore and go east to Welland and follow bike route 41 to 39. I cut across to Church on Shuter as it has bike lanes too. I have mapped it out here:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/ca/on...27847295523548

    The only other thing I would point out is that there is a pedestrian/bicycle bridge that crosses the railway tracks at the bottom of MacLennan Ave that connects to Summerhill Ave.
    Thanks for the map and the info.

    I assume that one has to carry up (and down) the bike over that bridge? :-)

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    This might interest you - from the City's "Cyclometer" email newsletter:

    3. Installation of Bike Lanes on Jarvis Begins 16 July

    The Transportation Services Division will be beginning the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis Street (Queen Street East to Charles Street), on Friday, July 16 and continuing until late-July. As a result of this work, Jarvis Street will be transformed from five lanes of traffic to four with two bicycle lanes. In order to undertake this work safely, a series of partial road closures and lane reductions will be required.

    The following is a brief summary of the work being done:
    Friday July 16 – the removal of pay-and-display parking machines and the installation of no-stopping regulations on the roadway will occur.
    Friday July 16 (Evening) – the centre reversible lane will be taken out of operation in both directions.
    Saturday July 17 or Sunday July 18 (weather permitting) – temporary pavement markings will be installed to mark the closure of the centre lane. This work will take place during the evening.
    Week of July 19 - pre-marking of bike lanes and the removal of the reversible lane hardware and signage will occur.
    Saturday July 24 and/or Sunday July 25 (weather permitting) – a series of rolling closures of sections of Jarvis Street will take place in order to install new bike lane markings and simultaneously remove the existing markings.
    Week of July 26 – the bicycle and diamond symbols will be installed in the bike lanes. This will result in some localized curb lane closures in the off-peak hours.
    Further updates on the project or changes to the schedule due to weather conditions can be found on the city’s cycling website at: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by new2ebike View Post
    Thanks for the map and the info.

    I assume that one has to carry up (and down) the bike over that bridge? :-)
    Actually the bridge was built specifically so that cyclists could ride over it.

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    Really? Isn't that amazing?!

    I am looking at this route to get to Brickworks farmer's market. Does anybody know if there's access to Brickworks from Summerhill Ave or Roxborough Drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post

    I am looking at this route to get to Brickworks farmer's market. Does anybody know if there's access to Brickworks from Summerhill Ave or Roxborough Drive?
    At the end of Summerhill is Chorley Park and there is a trail that leads down to the Belt Line trail which is just behind the Brickworks. Going down this trail is doable but probably not a great idea if you are on a road bike. It is also a fairly steep hill and it is unlikely that you would want to ride up the trail.

    If you are coming from south of St. Clair you can get on the Belt Line trail at Mt. Pleasant and Roxborough and follow the trail to the Brickworks. Or if you are coming from the north you can get on the trail off Moore near Welland.

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    You can also go down Rosedale Valley Road from Yonge Street and then head north along the road. It's a busy road, but there's a pretty good shoulder.
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