Photos by Lloyd Alter
With the constant rewiring of the internet, deferred maintenance and the inevitable freeze-thaw cycle, you need good teeth to ride in Toronto bike lanes; otherwise they are shaken out of your skull. The Urban Repair Squad to the rescue, giving our roads a Pow! Bam! and Crunch!, just like an old Batman episode, warning us if the dangers ahead.
Saddletramp of the Urban Repair Squad writes:
"The action-hero drama of dodging obstacles and potholes, escaping devil-may-care drivers in super-fast cars, and braving the fierce, temperamental elements, may seem, and feel, quite comic. Unless you're face-down on the pavement.
With some wit, we endeavour to provide warning with humour; suggest danger with comedy; invite caution without frightening... and most importantly, we appeal to our fine city to remember that potholes aren't just uncomfortable, they really, really hurt."
The Mission Statement of the Urban Repair Squad says it all:
To encourage bicycling as an antidote to the poison that is car culture.
To actively construct a positive future of what urban transportation could be by installing it NOW.
To encourage citizens to reclaim ownership and stewardship of their urban space.
To employ the concept of Critical Mass; encouraging cyclists to bond together and more safely take back their rightful place on the public roadways.
Your city is broken. Don't wait for the bureaucrats to fix it.
DO IT YOURSELF.
Urban Repair Squad, explained by Torontoist
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