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.

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.

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