Willow Road will soon be torn up between Edinburgh Road and Applewood Crescent as city departments replace the watermain under the road.
The matter came up at Tuesday's council planning meeting where councillors approved the award of the $2 million contract.
The watermain work will take from June to November to complete and the final road work includes shrinking the road from four lanes to two plus a centre turning lane, plus bike lanes in both directions. The sidewalks will also be resurfaced at the end of the project.
Councillor Mike Salisbury wanted to be sure that the bike lanes didn't just suddenly end at Applewood but would continue all the way to Silvercreek Parkway.
It's a reasonable question and one that's raised a lot by cyclists and drivers alike. What happens to bike lanes at intersections? Where are cyclists to go when their lane suddenly disappears?
I know that's the major concern about a proposal to eliminate bike lanes along one short section of Speedvale Avenue when infrastructure and roadwork between Woolwich Street and Manhattan Court begins there.
Bikes will either stay on the road and have to merge into traffic, or hop on the sidewalk and maneuver around pedestrians. And while an alternate bike route along Emma and Earl Streets (south of but parallel to Speedvale Ave.) has been proposed as a safer alternative, it adds extra time and distance compared to the direct Speedvale route.
When you're travelling under pedal power, even a four-minute detour can be a major setback.