Whimsy vs Protest, and why you should ride on the Gardiner on June 7th
Tamils have taken the Gardiner. What does that have to do with cyclists? Nothing, except for the comparison that is happening (and will happen) between Critical Mass taking the Gardiner last year in whimsy, and the current Tamil's protest which is doing the same.
Here's one example:
8:24 p.m.—Members of Toronto's Tamil community have taken a page from Critical Mass' books, and have effectively shut down the Gardiner Expressway
Or from the comments on the sites reporting this, such as on BlogTO
damn you critical mass, you started this!!
Cyclists did not gain from taking the Gardiner, largely because it wasn't done in protest but instead pure whimsy.
If the protesters stay to the morning then my drive in to work would be hell. So I'll cycle in instead. Cycling, even under these conditions would not be affected, except to provide me more to look at as I pass by the affected area.
Cyclists will likely continue to be blamed for the protest moving to the Gardiner. Mind you we're blamed with just about everything wrong with the city, so what's another burden on our shoulders?
And the Gardiner is coming down anyway, so who cares? Really? Moving more protests there just gives us all the more excuse to tear the thing down faster. And good riddance.
We can all ride on the Gardiner soon enough. Ride the Bike For Heart event on June 7th and ride on the Gardiner for a great cause. As the Gardiner will coming down soon, you won't have many chances left!