Janel Fisher: Today’s not so bad. It’s hot. I like the bike paths because it’s a busy street. Going down streets like Queen can be a royal pain where it’s too crowded and you have a tiny little shoulder to ride on and you have to go in and out of traffic and have pedestrians jumping in and out in front of you.
I know they are planning on tearing up this bike path, which seems silly to me. It’s already a four-lane street – they’re not going to get a whole bunch more space by ripping up these bike lanes.
Mike Ford: It’s nice to have the bike lane. Especially coming from a city where they don’t have bike lanes – Rochester, NY. It’s tight on the road when there is no bike lane, my handlebars are right at the same level as the side view mirrors on cars
Michelle Melles: Well at least it has a bike lane. It’s still a bit scary though. I like the Dutch approach where they have a buffer, and separate bike lanes.
NO! I didn’t know that City Hall voted to remove this. That is bullshit! I can’t believe that. You know when I take Jarvis it’s because of the bike lane. It’s nice to know there is at least this bit of space for me.
David Vellinga: It’s okay, as long as you’ve got the bike lane there. On a fast road like this, you have to have a bike lane.
If they tear it out, then everyone will just start using the sidewalk again. And it’s slow and bumpy riding on the sidewalk.
John Sterne: It’s great now that they’ve replaced the switching, convertible middle lane. I ride on Jarvis every day. I was really happy to see they were counting bikes with those little strips.
It’s bad that they voted to remove this bike lane. I’m in favour of them putting in the separated bike lanes. That will be great. Who knows if those will ever be finished though? At least they said they’d wait to remove this one until they got those in.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2011 the Toronto Cyclists Union is leading a group ride to protest the removal of the Jarvis Street bike lane. The ride will be family-friendly and everyone is invited to participate. The ride starts at Allan Gardens on the Jarvis Street side and participants are asked to arrive by 6:30 pm. More information can be found here.
Facebook event page with over 900 participants is here.
Jarvis Street bicycle rider photos by Dana Lacey