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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 that’s what I’ve done, I’ve listened to the taxpayers and done what they wanted me to do,” he said.

Read the full post: “Rob Ford applauds Jarvis bike lane removal” at the Toronto Sun.

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

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 from a city administration that deemed them a hindrance to tra∞c. But do they regret not doing more? The following stakeholders address some of their e≠orts and weigh in on what, if anything, could — or should — have been done differently.

Read the post: “Newsmaker: Could haves, should haves and the Jarvis bike lanes” on the National Post.

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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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