City staff pulled a surprise move at the PWIC meeting. In an appended agenda ("New Business") they snuck in 16.1km of bike lanes to be approved on Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough. Our mole in the city failed to warn us of this development. This was made even more interesting by the fact that this was done using the new approval process.
In New Zealand the Minister of Safety is in hot water for musing about the mandatory helmet law discouraging people from cycling. As we know that more cyclists makes cycling safer and more comfortable (the so-called safety in numbers principle), it is fair for him to muse, but there is little chance of the current law being changed.
I am thankful that we don't have mandatory helmet legislation here.
The construction season is fast coming to a close. And as many of these construction projects end, the bike lanes are being put down. Just today I noticed that bike lanes have been installed on Royal York between Manitoba and Cavell; just the road markings and signage is missing. South Kingsway/Queensway Interchange (SKQI) is nearing completion and then bike lanes can be installed there, too. The same with the contra-flow lane on Stanley, and many other projects around the city.
Update: CityTT had a postive news piece about Sunday
Meanwhile Montreal has unveiled a Bikeshare program
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