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Old 10-31-04, 03:16 PM
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Route: Downtown TO, Canada to York University?

Hi everyone,

I presently work at Seneca College, Don Mills and live downtown (about 5 min from Eaton's Center). Biking to and from Don Mills Campus isn't a biggie at 13KM each way and only one hill to contend with (just past Eglinton). The campus is moving to York University in April at some point and I wanted to figure out a route to and from there. Riding up won't be too bad of an issue. I did a ride today up to the York Campus on Finch/Keele. Even with the wind (50KM+), I was able to do it in about an hour and a half (ok.. I'm slow -- so sue me! This was great time for me! ) by taking Yonge Street up to Finch and then Finch to Sentinel, with Sentinel going into York. This won't bother me since I tend arrange for classes to be booked early (I've bribed the scheduler to assign my classes -- much to the disappointment of my students -- to start at 8am) and thus avoid the early rush since I aim to get to work by 7am.

For the route back I took Bathurst down to Harbord and then over to Sherbourne down to my place. Now the Bathurst thing may not be bad on some days (particularly when I want to stop for some fatty Montreal Smoked Meat -- ok.. not as good as Schwartz's but hey, what is?) but I'm concerned about the potential traffic that I might have to face on the way down and afternoon "stupidity". So I was curious if anyone else in the Toronto Area has done this kind of trip and if there is a route they may be able to suggest?
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Many years ago I worked near Keele and Eglinton and lived in the India Bazaar area on the east side and part of my route was along an old rail line called the B-line or something like that. You can catch it by the iron bridge (there is/was silhouettes of horses on the bridge) near the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Canít remember where it ended but I am sure it was around Forest Hill and North York.

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25 years ago I lived near Finch and Islington. The route I took downtown was down Dufferin from Wilson, then after Eglinton I went along Vaughan to Bathurst/St Clair. Down the hill on Bathurst turning left onto Davisville (I dont know if the streetcar tracks are still there). Then Davenport rd to University avenue.

There were problems with no left turn from Dufferin to Vaughan, but I forget how I went around that junction.

If you are not in a hurry you might take the path down Black Creek to Sheppard
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South on Keele to Wilson. East on Wilson to Caledonia. South on Caledonia to Castlefield. Castlefield to Dufferin. South on Dufferin to College, Dundas, Queen, King.... etc.
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I live/work north of Steeles, so I'm not all that familiar with the routes from where you are. The city of Toronto puts out a cycling map with suggested routes that you might be familiar with. Have a look at it here: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/map/index.htm
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I live at Alan Rd and Eglinton and commute right past York U., to Jane and Langstaff. I used to live a bit closer to your part of town, I was down at Avenue and Davenport two years ago, commuting up to here then as well. My morning routes have always headed east and then north. I end up going north on Dufferin to Wilson and then over to Keele and straight north.
Going south in the evening I've been mixing it up a bit because there was construction on Keele all summer. I tried going south on Bathurst a couple of times but I've always found it too annoying so I ended up most of the time going south on Bathurst to just north of the 401 then going east to the top of Avenue Rd and using that to get down south ( although now there's construction there as well). Avenue's not bad. I'm going back down Keele again as of last week. Keele works quite well. There are more left turn lanes for cars, so there aren't as many people dodging left and right as there are on Bathurst. Once you get south of St. Clair you can use Davenport ( bike lane all the way, scariest part of the journey) to get over to Avenue Rd or St. George and you're home free.
A friend of mine was riding home from York a few years ago in the summers. She used to head south on Keele to just south of the 401, then headed east through a suburb, walked her bike across the railway tracks and then headed south on Caledonia. Caledonia ends at Davenport ( that bike lane again) which will get you east again.
Anyway there's lots of choice. I prefer main roads to side streets mostly because of getting over the 401.
Hope that is of some help, widens the choices, muddies the waters etc.
Cheers, Dave
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