1. A separated lane will encourage those anxiously teetering on the edge of leaving their cars at home to enter the pedal-powered world. If we really mean it about stopping auto-domination of our city, we need to make cycling as attractive as possible.
2. European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen that put cash into separated bike lanes now see about a third of commutes made by bike and reap the enviro, infrastructure and stress-relieving rewards.
3. Simply put, separated means safe. Worries about being whacked or doored are the major reason would-be cyclists are pedal-shy. If we don’t want riders to get killed by trucks, let’s not let trucks squat in bike lanes. Divide and conquer danger.
4. Sure, putting a divided bike lane on Jarvis won’t win the city any awards for innovation, but it will show a commitment to tomorrow that can’t be easily retracted with the right number of council votes. It would serve as a pledge to Torontonians that cyclists are the future, not the pesky fringe of the future.
5. What better place to incubate a new approach than on a stretch of Jarvis once poisoned by the same fast-moving 1950s car-think that threatens to strangle our outlying ’hoods? Building separated lanes would set a shining example for the burbs, where even veteran cyclists hesitate to dance with 60-to-70 km/h passing minivans.