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Bike Lanes are a Priority

I thought it would be interesting to look at the responses the Star has received to the question of Should the addition of more bike lanes be a priority for the city? that I mentioned back here in the “Bike Lanes in the News” post.

I went through them and 80% (20 out of 25 posted responses) of them are for bikelanes being a priority. Of course, I don’t know if the Star picks and chooses what they choose to publish, or if these are ALL the responses. In my experience, the Star takes forever to actually post them – but they still have the submission form up, if you want to try and add your thoughts.

Here’s a sampling of what you can find in the responses:

Of course we need more bike lanes. Without making a serious commitment to changing to environmentally friendly forms of transportation, most of our concern regarding global warming is just so much hot air. Cyclists are not sufficiently safe on many roads that lack bike lanes. Yet they are the responsible, non-polluting citizens doing their best to facilitate change.
Mark Page, North York

Definitely. And there should be at least one good, uninterrupted, north-south and east-west designated bike lane on major traffic routes like Yonge and Bloor/Danforth.
Eric Vernon, Toronto

Absolutely! I just got back from Europe and spent most of my time on a bike, even in large cities that I was unfamiliar with. The bike lanes were so well established with their own lights and space from cars and parking lanes that I felt safe riding around a foreign country, but not in my home town.
Jen Carter, Toronto

We need more and safer bike lanes to encourage people to leave their cars at home. I think that the city should look at extra space in rail corridors as new bike highways. They are flat and direct with few road crossings.
Gordon Peck, Toronto

Bike lanes should definitely be a priority, especially in a city where bike riders are constantly threatened by car drivers who don’t recognise their two-wheeled counterparts as equally deserving of adequate road space.
Cara Goldberg, Toronto

The city should place priority in repairing damaged roads and creating new ones; city roads are already too congested and lanes too narrow for bike lanes to be added. The city should invest in more bike trails in parks for recreational cyclers who, if given more options, would opt to avoid all the traffic.
Connie Li, Thornhill

Yes, if you can’t tell, that last response is not supportive of making bikelanes a priority. Somehow she things only recreational cyclists deserve infrastructure.


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