“Jarvis lanes tell the story of a city that pretends to be committed to the bicycle” Hume

Taking over Jarvis

Via Toronto Star:

Hume: Cycling in Toronto is a joke
July 29, 2010 18:07:00
Christopher Hume
Star Columnist

Toronto’s bicycle policy is no policy at all; it’s a series of half-measures that add up to little.

The latest example, the much loathed bike lanes on Jarvis St., finally came to pass this week after years of rancorous debate. The new lanes begin at Charles St. in the north and end, as abruptly as they begin, on Queen St. to the south.

In other words, the new lanes are all but useless to anyone who happens to be travelling anywhere above or below that particular stretch of Jarvis. The new lanes do connect with others that run along Wellesley, Carlton and Gerrard; the failure, of course, is that they don’t connect with either Bloor St. or the waterfront.

Yet in their way, the Jarvis lanes tell the story of a city that pretends to be committed to the bicycle as an alternative means of urban transportation, but is anything but.

Instead, city officials have responded with rhetoric about the War on the Car. If only.

Rather than build a cycling network that would enable riders to reach all parts of the city, we have a hodge-podge of rules, regulations and lanes that probably make a bad situation worse.

Read the full article here.

Photo via BikingToronto’s Flickr Pool

Hauling Cargo from St. Lawrence Market

On quite possibly one of the last sunny Saturday’s of 2009, I made a quick trip to St. Lawrence Market to shop for a BBQ.

First on my list was a crate for the rear rack of the Globe bike I have on loan.
I spotted a stack of small crates at one of the vendor’s tables. Not surprisingly, I was the first person to ask to buy a crate from her. A few dollars later and I had a wooden crate… then a whole bunch of dollars later and I had lamb’s shoulder from Rowe Farms, some asparagus, sweet potatoes and an apple strudel.
Bungee cords and a wooden crate are all it takes to turn your bicycle into a grocery hauling vehicle:
Globe Haul 1 with a crate and bungee cords on the rear rack
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