Bike Lane Dig Out Saturday February 16

Dundas St E looking west at Curzon St February 15, 2019. Photo credit: Michael Holloway, Ward 14 Bikes
You're Invited to the East End Bike Lane Dig Out
Meet this Saturday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at the SW corner of Dundas and Jones
Do you want the city of Toronto to do a better job clearing snow out the bike lane?
Come join other community members in front of the Jones Branch of the Toronto Public Library at 1 p.m. this Saturday, February 16, 2019 - that's tomorrow! - for a "dig out" of one of the city's most popular east end bike lanes.

Led by cycling advocacy groups 32 Spokes (Ward 19) and Ward 14 Bikes,concerned citizens will gather at Dundas Street East and Jones Avenue with shovels in hand to clear a section of the Dundas East bike lanes to the city mandated standard.The symbolic act is a way of telling Toronto politicians that City of Toronto winter maintenance operations are failing to meet the bike lane clearing standards laid out under policy directives approved by City Council in 2014. (See this Toronto City Council, Agenda Item History item: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.PW31.1 for more information).

“While we applaud the City’s attempts to better clear bike lanes after snowfalls, a standard that helps keep people safe is still not being met,” says 32 Spokes advocacy group member and Dig Out organizer Kathleen Mackey. "After this recent snowfall for example, half the width of the Dundas bike lanes is being used for snow storage. When there is curb side parking beside a bike lane, the City ploughs leave windrows piled next to parked cars. When drivers exit those parking spots they drag the windrow of snow back across the bike lane so that it becomes unusable, sometimes for entire blocks."

Kathleen adds, “Dundas Street East is a very popular route for people riding bikes all year round. Many people rely on bike lanes for safer passage but when they’re in poor condition, many choose not to ride out of fear for their safety."

"We want to see better clearing from the City to help make winter biking an easier and safe choice for everyone.”

For more information on the Dig Out contact: Kathleen Mackey at mackey.kathleen@gmail.com or check out the event page on Facebook.
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