Toronto's Love/Hate Relationship with Bikes


I often complain about Toronto being all talk and no action, particularly when it comes to bikes. The bike lanes are a tooth-rattling mess full of potholes and delivery trucks, and they let the bikeshare program die for want of $80,000 while they can blow $ 100,000 on a whiny advertising campaign.

Then I find that perhaps it isn't all talk; things are happening.

1) People who get it are getting elected. City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker lives in the outer reaches of the city but bicycles 42 km (26 miles) each way to work at Toronto City Hall, all year round, from a part of town where there are no bike lanes. He takes a circuitous route of residential streets to avoid the killer cement trucks. The Mayor from who we expected so much has promised1000 kilometers of lanes by 2012. Read Profile of Glenn's ride in ::The Star

2) Citizens are taking action. Some have started sending pictures to MyBikeLane, a website where you post pictures of cars and trucks in the lanes.


at Torontoist, Marc Lostracco has produced a pdf to print this poster for " benevolently placing under offenders' windshield wipers, but we remind riders not to be dicks about it." ::Torontoist

The great Toronto website Spacing is on the case as well and produced this poster which you can download from their site at


Now if we could only get pictures of Councillor Rob "Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day" Ford, say, drunk and abusive at a hockey game, maybe we could have even faster progress.

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