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/
“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."