How far would you go to defend bike lanes?

Here’s an article that’s been popping up in various places today: as the city of Toronto moves to remove hotly contested bike lanes from Jarvis Street, protesters blocked road crews with their bodies.

Here’s one of the articles that discusses the protest today.

Here’s an excellent op-ed piece that is pro bike lane.

And a slightly snarky, yet well-reasoned counterpoint to the issue published here.

We’ve gone on and on here about what makes good bike infrastructure…slapping down paint certainly isn’t enough, but it “looks good” to city officials who may be too lazy or misguided or underfunded to really get things right — or who are under pressure to throw a bone to cycling advocates. Finding the best routes for bicyclists (safer, less trafficked, more direct) and then adding infrastructure seems to be the right way to go about things. From what I’ve read, the Jarvis Street lanes were never a particularly well-placed piece of infrastructure, and better alternatives exist nearby. Granted, I’ve never lived or ridden in Toronto, so this is all speculation on my part from what I’ve read about the issue.

If we have any Tororontonians in our audience, we’d sure love to hear your thoughts about this! Just leave your comments in the box below.

About the author

Bicycle commuter since 1989, bicycle enthusiast for 30+ years. I am a Bookmobile/Books By Mail librarian at a large library system and the proud father of two wonderful boys.