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Jarvis St. bike lane removal met by protest

 

The crew was less than a block into the job when 33-year-old Steve Fisher plunked down cross-legged in the truck’s path just north of Wellesley St E.

“I know you’re doing your job, but I’m not going to move,” said Fisher, a freelance arts and culture writer who said he was twice hit by cars before the lanes were installed.

The workers pulled ahead to the south side of the intersection, hoping to start again — but policy researcher Michael Polanyi was waiting.

“I think there’s widespread concern that this is happening,” he said, sitting in front of the truck. “There was no public consultation. People need to stand up for safety.”

Read the full post: “Jarvis St. bike lane removal met by protest” on the Star.

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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.

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Photos from the 2012 Ride for Jarvis

Earlier tonight I took part in the Ride for Jarvis, organized by Cycle Toronto. It was smaller than last year, but there was still several hundred people there.  Here are some of the better photos I took with my phone (which doesn’t handle deep shadows well):

 

Gathering at Allan Gardens:

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

 

The Ride!

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

 

I didn’t see one person (pedestrian or driver) unhappy with the ride… in fact a lot of drivers honked their support!

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

 

Getting to City Hall

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

 

We arranged ourselves into a big bike shape and had some fun:

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

Ride for Jarvis - June 13, 2012

 

Find out more about why this ride happened here.

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Reminder: Ride for Jarvis Tonight

On Monday, I posted about the Ride for Jarvis happening tonight… but I thought I’d send a reminder to try and ensure everyone knows about it and comes out for a great large ride in support of the Jarvis bikelanes.

  • When: Wed, June 13th
  • Time: 6pm
  • Where: Allan Gardens (at Carleton and Jarvis – map)


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Here are photos from last July’s Ride for Jarvis.

Here is updated info about the ride from Cycle Toronto:

For a second year, Cycle Toronto is calling on all cyclists in Toronto to Ride for Jarvis. The ride, which starts this evening at Allan Gardens at 6 pm and ends at City Hall, is expected to attract hundreds of riders from across the city.  The ride celebrates the bike lanes on Jarvis and protests their planned removal.

On July 13, 2011, City Council voted to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis, installed only the year before, without due public process and proper consultation with any stakeholders. In response, over 1,000 cyclists from all over Toronto gathered on Jarvis to ride in protest of that vote.

The biggest concern raised about the bike lanes prior to implementation was significant delays in travel times for motor vehicles. A staff report released in April shows that these delays have not materialized. Updated traffic counts from the City of Toronto (see page 17 of the report) showed that following the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis, motor vehicle volumes remained the same while cycling volumes tripled.

“Here’s what we know: since the installation of bike lanes on Jarvis, the number of cyclists has tripled.  We’ve seen a drop in collision rates across the board, making the street safer for everyone.  Scrubbing the bike lanes and re-installing the fifth reversible lane will cost a quarter million dollars,” said Jared Kolb, Director of Membership and Outreach for Cycle Toronto. “If you’re going to throw away a safer street and turn Jarvis back into a highway, you’ve got to do it legally, with due process, under public scrutiny.”

In March 2012, we released a legal opinion outlining the case for completion of a Schedule C Environmental Assessment before removing the bike lanes.  We called on the City to undertake an EA before removing the lanes.  The City responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is a new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment.  Cycle Toronto has since called on the Province to order an EA on Jarvis before its removal.

Cycle Toronto believes that it makes no sense to remove a bike lane from a street that works for all road users and has increased safety for cyclists and pedestrians. We encourage all cyclists to come out and support the Jarvis Street bike lanes!

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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO]

Toronto Bike Month 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have organized numerous other events for the next few weeks to celebrate being two-wheeled and engine-free.

 

Toronto cyclist lay in shock with mangled leg after taxi hit him, court hears [Toronto Star]

A cyclist was in complete shock, lying in a pool of blood and surrounded by bone and flesh fragments after his leg was crushed by a taxi driver, a Toronto police officer says.

Const. Usman Haroon testified Wednesday he came across Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz lying on his back on the sidewalk at the corner of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008.

Bike with Mike this Sunday! [Cycle Toronto]

Mike Layton is hosting a Bike with Mike event this Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 at Christie Pits park on the street level part near Bloor St. We will be hosting a Cycle Toronto Ward 19 table to promote the activities of the Ward and organization generally. 

There are going to be lots of activities going on, including family friendly activities, as well as different organizations and community groups.

Cycle Toronto Requests Province to Order an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis [Cycle Toronto]

As evidence continues to mount against the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes and reinstall the fifth centre lane, last week Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) filed a request with the Province for an Environmental Assessment on Jarvis.

Last month, we made a similar request directly to the City of Toronto. However, the City’s Transportation Services department responded by refusing to acknowledge that the Jarvis reconfiguration is new project, and therefore doesn’t need a Schedule C Environmental Assessment. 

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27 [Dandyhorse Magazine]

Riyoko Urban Bikewear pop up shop Toronto May 25 – 27

Fashion should be about comfort. Comfort in your own skin, comfort expressing yourself, and comfort cruising city streets on your bike.

Or at least that’s what Calgary-based fashion designer Kristi Woo thinks. It’s that philosophy that is the inspiration for her unique line of stylish made-for-cycling fashions. Riyoko Urban Bikewear makes fashion-conscious clothes for the female cyclist and urban traveller. She’s inspired to make her pieces by tackling issues found cycling in certain clothes, for herself and other fashionable cyclists.

Toronto cyclist struck by cab was walking away from dispute, he says [Toronto Star]

A former competitive cyclist who lost part of a leg after being hit by a taxi driver says he was walking away from a dispute at the time.

“When I woke up I was in the emergency room at St. Michael’s Hospital,” Krzysztof (Chris) Kasztelewicz, 40, testified Tuesday.

The former cyclo-cross enthusiast was biking home around 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2008, when he and a Beck Taxi met at the intersection of Dovercourt Rd. and Argyle St. in west Toronto.

Urban Car-Free Camping [The Urban Country]

Urban Car-Free Camping

Before now, I had always relied on a car to go camping. Whether pulling the car up to the campsite, or parking the car and heading to the campsite by canoe or kayak, I have always been reliant on a car.

This weekend a friend and I decided to do a short one-night, car-free camping trip in the city with our two dogs.

 

Bicycling Will Save Americans $4.6 Billion in 2012 [Momentum Magazine]

New data released by the League of American BicyclistsSierra Club, andNational Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.


Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line [Cupcake Ride]

Art of the Danforth – Danforth Bike Line

A few months ago I shared a project that Denise was organizing called Rush Hour Service. Unfortunately due to major TTC bureaucracy hurdles she had to give up on that project, but she’s come up with an even cooler one!

Danforth Bike Line

 

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride [Toronto Star]

Taking the Can-Bike 2 bicycling safety course for a test ride

I’m extremely glad I took Can-Bike 2. I wish every cyclist would.

Designed primarily by the Ontario Cycling Association, the course is a triumph of sanity, common sense, logic and consistency — all commodities that are just a wee bit lacking on the streets of this city.

Eleven students signed up for my particular iteration of the course, which began on a Monday in May, continued on a Wednesday, concluded on a Friday. It cost $112.

 

 

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