History, Culture, and Bike Lanes at Jarvis Town Hall

April 5, 2012, Torontoist. In July of last year, councillors passed a motion calling for the removal of the recently installed bike lanes on Jarvis Street, in favour of reintroducing a fifth lane of traffic, by a vote of 31–14. It was a resounding victory for motorists, and a dismal defeat for both cyclists and the local councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), who hadn’t been consulted before Ford allies introduced the motion into council’s agenda (via the Public Works committee). Yet Andrea Garcia of the Toronto Cyclists Union (TCU) remained calm, asserting at the time that Council’s decision to delay the removal of the bike lanes by one year offered hope to her fellow two-wheelers. “This isn’t over,” she proclaimed. Read More…