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Jarvis bike lane latest in City Hall’s symbolic struggles

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Down at City Hall, they chase gravy trains and fight a war on (or for) the car—and show respect for certain areas of the city by promising their residents underground transit. At some point, it seems that politics in Toronto passed into the realm of almost pure symbolism. This is especially true in the case of […]

Opinion on Jarvis: We Let Our Emotions Get the Better of Us

Jarvis Bike Lane Debacle: We Let Our Emotions Get the Better of Us

Interesting viewpoint from the Toronto Standard on the whole Jarvis thing: People are, of course, entitled to have an emotional response to political issues, and, in many ways, such a response is natural and to be expected. But by allowing emotional responses to dictate the nature of our political discourse, we create a false dichotomy […]

Parking meters appear on Jarvis – to honour city councillors?

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We need the fifth lane of parking traffic to keep Toronto moving. To keep Toronto’s economy going and Toronto’s moms with their kids for longer times, rather than stuck in parking traffic. The desperate need for this fifth lane of parking traffic has made us internationally famous. Toronto is on the map, and it’s moving […]

Protestor and local physician arrested on Jarvis bike lane

Protestor arrested on Jarvis bike lane

“As a family and public health physician, I’m very concerned about the safety, the lack of public consultation and the misuse of taxpayer money,” Svoboda explained. “This is the only major North American city that is removing bicycle lanes. There’s going to be a net loss of one bicycle lane this year. And that’s a […]

Jarvis Street Should Be Safe for Everyone

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Very interesting post on Torontoist by Steve Fisher, the first person to sit down in front of the bikelane removal trucks on Monday: When I left the Jarvis Taskforce‘s emergency meeting this past weekend, I was fairly convinced that I wanted to protest the removal of the Jarvis Street bike lane in some way. It […]

Jarvis Bike Lane Removal Proceeding, Despite Technical Difficulties and an Arrest

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Protesters succeeded in delaying the removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes by blocking stripe-removal vehicles with their bodies yesterday, but the latest word from the City is that the project is proceeding—though it hasn’t been without glitches. NOW Magazine reports that Tomislav Svoboda, a physician and cycling advocate, was arrested this morning near Jarvis […]

Jarvis bike lane removal to be done by December

Jarvis bike lane removal to be done by December

The schedule for repainting the road will depend on weather conditions, according to a construction notice. The plan is to have the centre reversible lane for vehicles back in operation in early December. Once in place, the centre lane will move in a northbound direction between 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and […]

Jarvis Bike Lane Removal Interrupted by Protesters

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The strategy today saw a handful of protesters, about four in all, take turns sitting in the path of the oncoming scrub truck. As the truck skirted whoever was in front, the next protester took up a position up ahead—a sort of leap-frogging of the truck as it tried to advance down the street. (Among […]

Photos: Protest halts Jarvis bike lane removal

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A protest by a 4-5 people that began north of Wellesley has halted the removal of the bike lanes on Jarvis. The city crew leap-frogged the protestors three times before calling off the removal south of Carlton. No arrests, though police were chatting with the protestors. The city has said they’ll resume removal tomorrow at […]

Cyclists stage sit-in to protest removal of bike lanes

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Activists have asked that the lanes remain until new bike lanes can be implemented on nearby Sherbourne Street. Wayne Scott, from the Save Jarvis group, and Chris Drew, with the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood association, said they were concerned that taxpayers’ money was being wasted to remove the lanes. “This piece of paint may not look like […]

Rob Ford applauds Jarvis bike lane removal

Rob Ford applauds Jarvis bike lane removal

Ford said Monday that pulling the bike lanes out was what people want. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one who voted to put them in, in the first place,” Ford said. During the 2010 election campaign, Ford said he heard from residents who use that road. “They want to get home to their families quicker and […]

Jarvis St. bike lane removal met by protest

Jarvis St. bike lane removal called off for the day after sit-in 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 […]

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

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 […]

Newsmaker: Could haves, should haves and the Jarvis bike lanes

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One final effort to save the Jarvis Street bicycle lanes from removal was kiboshed after city council voted on Tuesday to move ahead of the lanes’ eradication. Many are left bitter. Those in the “Save Jarvis” camp, including city councillors, cycling activists and private citizens, put up a valiant fight to rescue the bike lanes […]

Photos from the 2012 Ride for Jarvis

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:   The Ride!   […]



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