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How should the city react to civil disobedience in defence of the Jarvis Street bike lanes?

Interesting piece on possible civil disobedience regarding the Jarvis bikelane removal.  Following bike stuff, it’s easy to get ensconced in a “bike bubble” and the different viewpoints here help see the issue from different points of view:

When city crews finally begin erasing the bike lanes and restoring the reversible centre lane on Monday, they may find themselves met with resistance. That is, not just displeasure and protest but apparently physical obstruction: A group calling itself the Jarvis Taskforce is playfully but strongly hinting that they will be engaging in some form of “civil disobedience” that day. For a good while now, activist, public speaker and friend of mine Dave Meslin (who looks to be one of the group’s organizers) has been half-seriously promising that he would lie down in the street on the day the City comes to paint over the lanes. I’m not sure if that’s an element of the current plan, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were.

Read the full post: “Posted Toronto Political Panel: How should the city react to civil disobedience in defence of the Jarvis Street bike lanes?” on Posted Toronto.

  • It could have been an interesting piece if, unlike just another organ of the Right’s narcissistic echo-chamber, it had included ‘different viewpoints’: i.e. someone who saw the urgency of protest on this issue. None of the participants get that Toronto is a terrible place to ride, walk, take transit, and even to drive, because our public space and dollars are allocated poorly to improve any of these. It is not even about identities. The most efficient way to make Toronto a better city for driving is to provide other means for people to travel who want them, removing those cars from the streets. Providing room for more cars is always more expensive than moving the same people by transit, much less by bike or on foot.

  • Come to think of it, the best protest would have been for each cyclist to drive a car on Jarvis and bring it to gridlock. Just put a sign on the car: ‘I could have been over in the bike lane.’

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