The city is planning to implement the first ever dedicated cycling lanes in the downtown core this year. The open house yesterday was, I think, well attended despite the weather. They've posted the planned treatment online. At some intersections there are a couple of possible options. The City is seeking more input from you and have extended the feedback period to either Wednesday June 20 or Friday June 22.
The bike lanes would be a minimum of 1.5 m wide and parking 2.5 m.
On 6 St at 5 Ave, option 2 would require separate signal cycle for bicyles; whereas option 1 would require parking to be removed. In option 1, cars would enter the curb lane to turn right. A lot of the success or failure of option 1 would depend on actual traffic patterns. (A line of cars merging through a line of bikes sounds terrible, but what might actually happen in real life is that bicycles waiting at 6 Ave would all clear the bike lane first an cars would filter into the curside turn lane at the intersection and behind all the bikes).
At 6 St and 3/4 Ave, the difference between the options is a painted buffer between bike and travel lane.
At 7 St and 6 Ave, option 2 would have right-turning traffic turn accross the path of cyclists.
Between 3 and 8 Ave, all intersections have lights, and are timed for E-W traffic. For the most part, N-S traffic stops at every intersection, so traffic speeds are very low.
What are your opinions?
UPDATE: We've received supplementary design information from the city including plans for separate signal cycles and lane widths.
UPDATE: Also, now with overview pictures of each entire route.