Archive For The “jarvis” Category

Jarvis bike lane latest in City Hall’s symbolic struggles

By | November 18, 2012

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 [...]

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

By | November 15, 2012

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 [...]

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

By | November 15, 2012

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 [...]

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Parking meters appear on Jarvis – to honour city councillors?

By | November 14, 2012

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 [...]

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Parking meters appear on Jarvis – to honour city councillors?

By | November 14, 2012

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 [...]

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Protestor and local physician arrested on Jarvis bike lane

By | November 14, 2012

“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 [...]

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Protestor and local physician arrested on Jarvis bike lane

By | November 14, 2012

“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 [...]

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Jarvis Street Should Be Safe for Everyone

By | November 14, 2012

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 [...]

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

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Jarvis bike lane removal to be done by December

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Jarvis Bike Lane Removal Interrupted by Protesters

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Jarvis Bike Lane Removal Interrupted by Protesters

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Photos: Protest halts Jarvis bike lane removal

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Photos: Protest halts Jarvis bike lane removal

By | November 13, 2012

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 [...]

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Cyclists stage sit-in to protest removal of bike lanes

By | November 12, 2012

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 [...]

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Rob Ford applauds Jarvis bike lane removal

By | November 12, 2012

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 [...]

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Jarvis St. bike lane removal met by protest

By | November 12, 2012

  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 [...]

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

By | November 12, 2012

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 [...]

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Photos from the 2012 Ride for Jarvis

By | June 13, 2012

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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Reminder: Ride for Jarvis Tonight

By | June 13, 2012

On Monday, I posted about the Ride for Jarvis happening tonight… but I thought I’d send a reminder to try and ensure everyone knows about it and comes out for a great large ride in support of the Jarvis bikelanes. When: Wed, June 13th Time: 6pm Where: Allan Gardens (at Carleton and Jarvis – map) [...]

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The News Cycle for Friday, June 8, 2012

By | June 8, 2012

A Public Transit Adventure [Cupcake Ride] I’ve used public transit bike racks in BC before and the ones on the TTC buses are exactly the same. You just push up on a metal handle, pull the whole rack down towards you, lift your bike into the wheel slots and then secure your front wheel with [...]

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The News Cycle for Friday, June 8, 2012

By | June 8, 2012

A Public Transit Adventure [Cupcake Ride] I’ve used public transit bike racks in BC before and the ones on the TTC buses are exactly the same. You just push up on a metal handle, pull the whole rack down towards you, lift your bike into the wheel slots and then secure your front wheel with [...]

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The News Cycle for Saturday, May 26, 2012

By | May 26, 2012

Toronto Bike Month 2012 [BlogTO] Toronto Bike Month 2012 is upon us, so if you haven’t already dusted off your helmet and climbed back in the saddle, now is definitely the the time to do it. The festivities kick off Monday with a group commute from Yonge and Bloor to downtown, and the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto have [...]

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The News Cycle for Monday, May 7, 2012

By | May 7, 2012

Cycle Toronto says city data shows Jarvis safer for everyone with a bike lane [OpenFile] While the Toronto Cyclist’s Union Cycle Toronto’s effort to force the city to conduct a time-consuming environmental assessment before removing the Jarvis bike lanes continues, it’s published city collision data showing changes from the period before the bike lane was put in, and [...]

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Councillor Ana Bailão Proposes Reversible Centre Lane on Dupont

By | July 22, 2011

Here’s a letter I received from Cllr. Bailão in response a plea I sent for councillors to not accept PWIC’s motions to remove the Jarvis bike lane and to not begin removing the Dupont bike lane: Thank you for taking the time to email me with regards to Toronto’s bikelanes and for your patience in [...]

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