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This fall, Toronto city council will debate whether to make the Bloor bike lane a permanent feature.
If councillors vote against it, the lane (currently a pilot) could be removed — its road markings obliterated, its "flexi-post" dividers yanked out of the ground.
It's a possibility that Olympic cyclist Curt Harnett finds baffling. "Why would we go backwards and remove bike lanes? Drivers are adapting to them. We're all getting used to them," he says.Continue reading »
People can't be divided neatly into cyclists and motorists, says Adam van Koeverden.
The 2004 winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy, given to Canada's top athlete, is himself a driver on some days, a bike-rider on others. He's not alone. "Most cyclists also spend time in a car, taxi or Uber," he explains. The goal isn't taking sides but finding a way for all road-users to move safely through the city. Toward that end, he supports separated bicycle lanes.Continue reading »
I was honoured to be a part of the David Suzuki Foundation team that attended Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Grassy Narrows First Nation territory on June 28, 2017, the day after the provincial government committed $85 million to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy's Wabigoon River.Continue reading »
A new Angus Reid Forum poll of 802 Torontonians shows 80 per cent support a "safe network of bicycle lanes" across the city.
That's a hugely encouraging statistic, especially because strong majority support runs throughout the metropolis. In the old City of Toronto, approval is at 84 per cent, but even in the inner suburbs of Etobicoke and Scarborough — where car use is more widespread — it's at 71 and 76 per cent, respectively. Uptown or downtown, it seems, people see the value of bike lanes even if they aren't cyclists themselves.Continue reading »
Nine months after Toronto launched its Bloor bike lane, is the project a success? There's much evidence to suggest it is.
A survey released by the city in February shows 64 per cent of resident and business respondents believe the lane provides safety for cyclists while allowing acceptable traffic flow and parking. Nearly two-thirds of motorists say they feel "comfortable" driving next to cyclists now — compared to just 14 per cent in 2015, before the lane was installed.Continue reading »