Everybody and their dog was out yesterday with bells on for Bells on Bloor, a bike parade to promote the idea of bike lanes on the major crosstown street in Toronto. They were looking for a thousand cyclists, but it looked bigger than that to me, perhaps because it was the perfect day for a bike ride. They say "Cycling protects our environment, so let’s protect our cyclists with more bike lanes. Fighting climate change has never been so fun!"
There were some remarkable bikes out for the ride, including a recumbent rocket I caught a quick video of below the fold. ::Bells on Bloor
Toronto is getting serious about its bikes, and the cyclists are getting militant; many are joining the new Toronto Cyclists Union to provide a "a strong, unified voice for Toronto cyclists."
Announcing the founding of the union
The Union's position paper covers the three major points that we have often discussed: more bike lanes, more enforcement, better maintenance and ploughing in winter.
The Toronto Cyclists Union advocates for adequate funding and political support for cycling infrastructure. It should be well designed, well marked, and safe, with the goal of making a complete road system. We want the City of Toronto to encourage new cyclists, not just accommodate existing traffic.
The Toronto Cyclists Union wants the City of Toronto to enforce existing laws concerning infrastructure, such as ticketing and towing cars that park in the bike lanes. Those vehicles provided with special exemption from the City of Toronto to park in bike lanes, such as public utility vehicles, should use pylons to re-create a safe bicycle lane around them.
The Toronto Cyclists Union wants the City of Toronto to repair the pavement in the bike lanes, keeping it free of potholes, and repainting the lines when needed. In the winter, the lanes should be kept clear of snow and ice, and in the summer, clear of glass and garbage. The park trails should be opened and maintained all year round. ::Toronto Cyclists Union