Harbord Street with parking on the right side instead of a continuous bike lane into the University of Toronto. (Photo by Tino)
The bright yellow stencil by the Urban Repair Squad resurfaces after being painted over with tar by city workers last fall.
And as for the separated bike lanes downtown, hope springs eternal:
“I think that one of the very encouraging things about the new administration is with councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong coming out and supporting this plan for separated bike lanes,” Andrea Garcia, spokeswoman for the Toronto Cyclists Union, said of the plan to create a grid of barrier-protected bike lanes in the core.
[Minnan-Wong] said city hall is slowly becoming a more bike-friendly place. “I think councillors are becoming a lot more open-minded. I think they have a lot more cyclists in their communities,” he said.
“My bike plan is a recognition of [the fact that] bikes exist. They’re here to stay. There have been too many accidents and we need to do something about that. I don’t believe that bike lanes should go on every single street. But I do believe they deserve a reasonable option.”
Mr. Minnan-Wong said his proposal could come before the committee some time in the next six months. And it’s possible that world events, including the current unrest in the Middle East, could help push the issue to the forefront.