The removal of the Jarvis bike lanes in November 2012 was costly and disregarded the wishes of the residents and cyclists who protested the removal and demanded public consultation. The removal of these lanes damaged Toronto’s reputation on a national and international scale at a time when other cities were forging ahead with more bike lanes. In removing ours, we weakened the image of Toronto.
The timely “resurfacing” of the lane markings presents an opportunity to consider once again what’s at stake, before the road is repaved. Are the markers merely a reminder of a battle that cyclists lost with City Council almost two years ago? Or can a call for re-installation make the Jarvis bike lanes an official part of mayoral candidates’ bike plans?