What do you do when politicians prevent people from making their city a better, cleaner, and economically attractive place?
In Toronto, you can easily shut down an entire (or a part of) a street for any reason (construction, festivals, corporate events, marathons, or just because) EXCEPT a bike lane pilot.
EVEN if the entire community and neighbourhood (business associations, resident associations, city councillors) is behind the pilot, and the pilot’s purpose is to collect data about how useful and beneficial (or not) a bike lane is to a community.
“Our infrastructure is the backbone of our city’s prosperity, and we are investing to maintain and improve it,” she said when explaining why Gerrard between Yonge and Sherbourne Sts. would be closed for construction for an entire year — alongside other temporary road closures on Bayview Ave., Lake Shore Blvd., Markham Rd. and more than a dozen other major arteries. It will be a “tough summer,” she said, but noted that “this work is important.”
Which is kind of funny, in a way. Because only 24 hours earlier, Robinson’s committee had made a complete hash of considering a proposal to implement a year-long pilot project that would install bike lanes on a long stretch of Bloor St. W.