Searching for a detente
High-profile tragedies aside, Mr. Blackett said the car-versus-bike rhetoric that often follows is overheated and distorts the reality: that most motorists and cyclists share the roads without incident each day.
Accommodating cyclists need not be framed as a “war on the car,” as it was this year when city council decided to replace the middle reversible lane on Jarvis Street with curbside bike lanes, Mr. Blackett said. “It's about providing safety for people.”
Nowhere has the lack of cycling lanes been more loudly and repeatedly noted than on Bloor Street, where Monday night's horror played out. Coveted for its crosstown, east-west reach and lack of streetcar tracks, the Bloor-Danforth corridor has the added benefit of a subway line beneath it, negating, to the minds of many in the cycling community, the need for on-street parking. Many merchants, however, want the parking to stay.