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14 Reasons Why Every Bike Lane Needs To Be A Protected Bike Lane

What’s a physically protected bike lane?  It’s one that trucks and buses and giant SUVs and obnoxious sports cars driven by men with self-image problems can’t drive or park in.

They look like this, with some variations:

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And here are reasons why EVERY bikelane in Toronto needs to be a protected bikelane.  SPOILER alert: bikelanes are big giant #FAILS and giant wastes of money if cars can park in them.

 

1. This TTC Bus on Simcoe

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Photo by Harris Silver

 

2. This postal van and buses in the Bay Street bikelane (which you can’t even SEE!)

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Photo by Marcel Smazal

 

3. These cars working together on Simcoe

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Photo by Leah Hollinsworth

 

4. This Brinks truck in the brand new short Bay bikelane

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Photo by Scun Yun

 

5. This colourblind driver in the Sherbourne bikelane

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

6. This Tim Hortons Food Truck on Simcoe

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

7. This Beer Store truck that blocks the Gerrard lane EVERY Tuesday morning

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

8. This car congo line on Simcoe

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

9. This Coke truck on College

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

10. These UPS trucks on College

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

11. This genius on Shaw.  

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If only there was legal parking somewhere nearby…

Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

12. These cops in a car getting coffee

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

13. These dudes on Sherbourne eating Burritos

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Sherbourne (at least the south portion of it) is NOT a separated bikelane. Putting a gutter and a green line doesn’t make it separated.  Stop calling it one.

Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

 

And of course…

14. This Canada Post driver, who parked on St. George and then told person who documented it to “go f–k yourself

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Photo from My Bikelane Toronto

See post and video here.

 

Driver behaviour WILL NOT CHANGE.   They’ll park wherever they can fit their car or truck.  It’s better just to prevent them from getting in the bikelane in the first place.

Let’s try and make an actual EFFORT at making Toronto bike-friendly, okay?


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