Jarvis bike lane removals called off for the day because of protest: they'll try again tomorrow
The Jarvis bike lanes were slated to be removed today (above image from Toronto Star). The 5th lane light has already been installed. The parking meters for cars are back. But protests today have stalled the removal.
Around 1 p.m. Monday, workers began scrapping the white bike lane lines off of Jarvis St. using a large “Stripe Hog” truck. They didn’t make it far. At 1:34 p.m., 33-year-old Steve Fisher sat down in their path just before Wellesley St. E.
“I know you’re doing your job but I’m not going to move,” he said.
“I don’t believe the Jarvis bike lanes should be removed,” he said. “Before the lanes were involved I was hit twice by cars.”
Supervisor Jim Gillberry contacted the city for advice. After a wait of about 10 minutes the scrubbing truck pulled around Fisher and began work south of Wellesley, where another protester was waiting.
The truck pulled around the second protester only to encounter another person sitting in the street, as the sit-in continued.
Read more at the Star. I'm interested to see how things continue tomorrow.
Mayor Ford applauded the removal, saying he's just doing what he was elected to do.