Albert Koehl is an environmental lawyer, road-safety advocate and founder of Bells on Bloor. Toronto’s most remote bike lane has a lot of meaning for city cyclists, even if it has virtually no cyclists. The one-kilometre-long bike lane at the northeast corner of the city begins and ends for no apparent reason, isn’t connected to any other bike lane and runs along a fast-paced four-lane arterial road in an area dominated by farms. Signs warn motorists about deer darting across the road.
Has Toronto turned the corner when it comes to accepting the bicycle as a legitimate part of our transportation system? A Forum Research poll found 70 per cent of Torontonians favour bike lanes compared to a mere 22 per cent who oppose them. A majority of people in the city even support the long-debated Bloor bike lane — installed last year. However, past municipal promises to increase bicycle infrastructure — like Toronto’s 2001 Cycling Plan for 500 kilometres of bike lanes — failed miserably.
Cycling safety needs to be a higher priority for Ontario's Ministry of Transportation. Bam! You've been doored. You land awkwardly, and hard, on the asphalt. Luckily there are no passing cars or trucks. You untangle yourself from your bike and hobble to the curb a bit dazed. Your front tire is badly warped.
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Selecting a term
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