This Wednesday night is the 2nd Ride for Jarvis (here is the facebook event page). Below is your invitation from Cycle Toronto to come out to the ride. Following the invitation is a video from last year’s ride. I don’t really like the phrasing of a “protest”, as I like to think of it as a “show of support” for bikelanes on Jarvis, but to each their own.
Dear Cyclists, Friends and Supporters of the Save Jarvis Campaign,
On July 13th 2011, city council voted to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis. Then on July 20th, cyclists from all over Toronto gathered on Jarvis to ride in protest of that vote.
This year, let’s come together again to celebrate the bike lanes on Jarvis and protest their slated removal. Join us on June 13th at 6pm.
Why are we protesting?
- The vote was without due public process and consultation.
- Thousands of cyclists and pedestrians rely on the bike lanes on Jarvis to safely commute downtown.
- Removing the lanes will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars simply to return the street to its original, car-centric design.
Let’s show Mayor Ford and the City of Toronto that these bike lanes are important to us, to the health of the city, to the pocketbooks of taxpayers and to the future development of Jarvis as a vibrant downtown community.
We will be meeting at 6 PM at Allan Gardens whereupon we will be cycling North on Jarvis to Charles St. East, East on Charles St. East to Church, North on Church to Bloor and then looping back South to Jarvis and Queen where we will turn and end up at City Hall where we will celebrate our cycling culture and show Toronto that we mean business.Route:
We can’t wait to see you all on June 13th!