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Rocco Rossi Flip-Flops on Bikelanes

Perhaps he has actually started to notice how many voters ride bikes in Toronto, but Rocco Rossi, desperate to get some attention to somehow get past Joe Pantalone and Sarah Thomson in the mayoral race, has done a major flip-flop on the issue of bikelanes on major (arterial) streets.

Not only has he flip-flopped on the issue, but now he wants physically seperate” bikelanes:

“In Toronto we’ve made some progress in laying down bike lanes, but we’ve fallen far behind other cities in introducing separated bike lanes that are part of a continuous network,” said Rossi.

Rossi’s separated and safe bike lane network would consist of four new major lanes separated from traffic by a curb.

One east-west lane would run from Parliament Street to Bathurst Street along Richmond Street. Another east-west lane would see the existing Wellesley-Harbord lane completed and separated from traffic between Parliament Street and Ossington Avenue.

The existing Sherbourne Street bike lane would be separated from traffic between Elm Avenue and Queens Quay. A second north-south lane would see the existing St. George/Beverley lane extended to Queens Quay and separated from traffic.

Rossi thinks this new statement jives with his “cyclists don’t belong on major streets” statements from earlier this year, but it doesn’t.  He STILL wants to tear out the Jarvis Bikelane (which I personally use twice a day, but I guess my taxes are somehow less important?)

The fact is that Richmond, Wellesley and St. George/Beverley are all major roads in downtown Toronto, which means this new statement is a major flip-flop for this mayoral candidate.

What do YOU think of Rossi’s Flip-Flop on Bikelanes?

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