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Getting People on Bikes if the TTC Strikes

It sounds like there are rumblings that the talks between the TTC and a lot of their employees are breaking down, and a strike may after all be imminent.

Since 1.5 million people take the TTC every day, and it would be “hell on wheels” if those people got into cars, those people should “Bike The Strike“.

The city is paying a little bit of attention to the bike possibility too:

What was inserted into the plans to ease the mayor’s concerns? In just three places downtown—on Queen’s Quay between Spadina Avenue and Yonge Street, on Bay Street between Queen’s Quay and Yorkville Avenue, and on Dundas Street between Broadview Avenue and River Street—the curb lanes will be converted to bike lanes for the duration of any strike…

In other words, the grand plan to assist cyclists during a TTC strike amounts to nothing that cyclists don’t already have, are supposed to have, or have had in the past. Instead of this mostly empty gesture, why not make a bold statement and allow cyclists to Take The Tooker along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue for the duration of any TTC strike? If combined with temporary lanes on Yonge Street, many more people may decide to ditch the car for a relatively speedy crosstown cycle in the safety of a dedicated lane. That would help everyone.

More at Torontoist.

Having AT LEAST the curblanes of Bloor, Danforth and Yonge reserved for cyclists only could not only give people a fast route downtown if a strike happens, but would attract a ton of new cyclists!

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