A group of bicycling advocates called the Safe Cycling Coalition is going to be allowed to make their argument for Bloor Street bicycle lanes in Ontario court. They were granted the right to "intervene" in a court case initiated by a china shop against the city.
Could this be the start of a new trend for cyclists in Toronto? Will a lawsuit against the city be the next step?
The Safe Cycling Coalition issued a press release with details on the project and their motivations. The press release follows.
blockquote>TORONTO: In what is likely the first intervention of its kind in Ontario legal history, a coalition of cycling advocates, the Safe Cycling Coalition, has sought and (yesterday) been granted the right to intervene in an Ontario court case.
The case, first brought to the Ontario Superior Court in August by certain downtown merchants, alleges that the City of Toronto violated the province's Environmental Assessment Act when it proceeded with the Bloor St. Transformation Project --- along Yorkville's so-called Mink Mile --- and failed to properly consult the public or to study alternatives.
"This is about one of Toronto's most valuable public spaces -- a $25 million 'transformation' of that space warrants public consultation," explains Margaret Hastings-James, a Bloor Street bike-commuter who began to advocate for bike lanes when hit, and nearly crushed, by a truck in 2002. "The huge volume of pedestrian and cyclist traffic in this area demands an allotment of dedicated and safe space."