"Plowed bike lanes and secure storage at transit stations are vital to persuading people to take their bikes to work in the winter, said Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee." Toronto Star, January 30, 2008
At this week's Coldest Day of the Year bike ride, Councillor Heaps recognized that plowing bike lanes would make a positive difference for Toronto's winter cyclists. Friday's snow storm gave us a chance to put this to the test: Will the City start doing a better job of clearing snow from the bike lanes, now that we have a councillor and Cycling Committee chair fighting for it?
On Friday afternoon, fellow I Bike T.O. blogger Tino went out and took some photos of bike lanes in the downtown area. The results? Snowy bike lanes, pretty much what you would expect.
The snow storm was still happening when these photos were taken, so let's give the city the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they will catch up and clear all of the bike lanes over the weekend. Tino will be out taking more photos on Saturday and Sunday to measure the city's progress.
What are your experiences so far during and after this storm? Has the city done a reasonable job clearing the snow for you? Let us know by posting a comment.
Photos by Martin Reis. Complete set on Flickr.