Stewart St. is a one-way westbound route that comes to a T with Waller. Cars can only go right, but there is a break in the divide for cyclists to take a left. Waller has a bicycle lane in the middle, which turns onto the left bike lane on the MacKenzie King Bridge.
It is a city-designated bike route, and many cyclists use this route to connect from Stewart St. to downtown.
Note that this article deals with west-bound traffic, whereas the article on Mackenzie King Bridge and Waller deals with east-bound traffic.
When cyclists approach the end of Stewart, they must cross the north-bound traffic on Waller. There’s a break in the median designed to allow bicycles through. They must then cross two lanes of traffic to get to the bicycle lane which runs in the middle of Waller.
Crossing these two lanes of southbound Waller is extremely dangerous. Cyclists must first cross a bus lane, and then a lane of traffic heading to the 417. This route is used by many trucks as a connector from the Macdonald Cartier Bridge from Quebec to the 417.
Cyclists also have no way to know how to navigate this maze.
1) Reroute the designated route altogether
Having bicycles compete with busses and trucks will be very difficult to do. The route could be altered to take cyclists across Laurier instead. The following is a map that shows this route:
2) Add signage and painted lane lines for cyclists to indicate the route they should take to turn left onto Waller St., and signage for Waller St. southbound indicating that cyclists are turning.
3) A slight widening of the median on Waller St., if possible, would give cyclists enough room to wait safely to turn onto Waller St.
4) Paint crosshatching on the left lane of Waller St. southbound at Stewart St. and a sign indicating that traffic should wait behind the crosshatches when traffic is stopped.