Spotted: cars parked in the ‘protected’ bike lane

Spotted: cars parked in the ‘protected’ bike lane

There are two things we do not like to see in the bike lane: parked cars and snow.

Here are some photos that reflect one typical weekday afternoon in January. We asked journalism student Hannah Griffin to take photos of whatever she could find in the Sherbourne “protected” lane – where the city is apparently clearing the bike lane of snow but NOT of parked cars.

The Sherbourne lane has been designed to double as a bus stop, parking for delivery vehicles, motorists in a rush and, it goes without saying, police cars.

Call 311 or Tweet @311toronto if you see snow in the bike lane. 

Call Toronto Parking Enforcement at: 416-808-2222 (ext. 3, then ext. 1) if you see a car or truck parked in the bike lane.

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Are those diplomat plates?

“Caution.” Frequent stops… in the bike lane.

Call 311 or Tweet @311toronto if you see snow in the bike lane. 

Call Toronto Parking Enforcement at: 416-808-2222 (ext. 3, then ext. 1) if you see a car or truck parked in the bike lane.

We’ll have more on snow clearance and protected bike lanes here on the dandyBLOG soon.

Hannah Griffin is a writer and photographer pursuing a Master of Journalism from NYU. She grew up in Toronto, studied English in Halifax, and spent the last three winters teaching snowboarding in Fernie, BC. Hannah has been challenging herself bike-wise recently, navigating the wild streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn. www.hannahmollygriffin.com

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One Response to “Spotted: cars parked in the ‘protected’ bike lane”

  1. Gianmarco says:

    Thank you for documenting this. I take this lane to work both ways every day, and I can’t think of a trip in which there haven’t been at least 2-3 vehicles parked in the so-called “protected” lane. What’s more, about a week ago on my way home later in the evening there were three, count’em, three police cars parked in the lane and different points along the way between Front and Bloor. If the police are setting this example, it’s no wonder the rest of the population feels free to park in the bike lane, not fearing any type of fines. As far as clearing the lane goes…it’s been ok this winter, but the city has not always been able to keep up and I’ve had to tweet @311toronto numerous times when it didn’t look like there was much of a plan to clear the snow and ice.

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