Christie Street in Toronto is painted in different configurations. The southern section is a typical urban arterial, like Bronson: four lanes squeezed into a tight right of way, traffic jostling for position and obviously unattractive to adjacent businesses and residents.
The more northerly section has been repainted into a different configuration. There is a painted bike lane between the parking and the travelled road surface. The bike lane is tight up to cars, raising concerns about “the door prize”. Traffic flowed much more smoothly too, with no passing and less stress driving the street.
Above: north of Davenport, Christie is painted with two traffic lanes, two bike lanes, two parking lanes. Evidence of prior painting schemes is visible as dark lines.
above: Christie Street south of Davenport, painted with two traffic lanes, two bike lanes, one parking lane. Prior paint lines faintly visible, looks like it was four traffic lanes, not dissimilar to Bronson today.
Above: Three lane configuration at an intersection. No bike lanes.
Above: a short portion of four traffic lanes, no parking nor bike lanes, although both resume just beyond the intersection.
Above: three lane configuration for car traffic, two bike lanes, no parking lanes.
Above: the prior line painting is again evident. A tight four lane configuration appears to have been replaced with two traffic lanes, two bike lanes, one parking lane.
Above: two mixed-traffic lanes, one side parking. No bike lanes.
All above pictures and streetviews are along Christie Street in Toronto, demonstrating a variety of lane painting options that varies every few blocks, presumably due to total right of way width, traffic volumes, etc. Bronson also has vastly different traffic volumes north of Somerset (14-20,000 vehicles/day) and south of Gladstone (20-30,000 /day).
As part of the Rescue Bronson movement, we have proposed to the City that they simply repaint the lines on Bronson as an experiment, a trial, to see if a road diet would work like they do in other cities. No major construction required. And since the road is about to be chopped up anyway, the repainting is just temporary. Bronson certainly won’t be four lanes during the construction period! Repainting lines is an easy, cheap means to try out a road diet — what’s to lose??