Livable Streets Heroes Block Rob Ford’s Removal of Toronto Bike Lane

Photo: Toronto Star

Hats off to Steve Fisher, Wayne Scott and others who took to the streets today to stop the removal of bike lanes in Toronto.

The Toronto Star reports that Fisher and Scott were part of a sit-in to save the Jarvis Street bike lane, which workers are attempting to erase under orders from Mayor Rob Ford, who is on a mission to reverse street safety measures put in place by his predecessor David Miller.

“I don’t believe the Jarvis bike lanes should be removed,” said Fisher. “Before the lanes were involved I was hit twice by cars.”

A street crew worked around Fisher only to encounter other protestors. Contractors eventually stopped work this afternoon. Both parties are planning to return tomorrow.

Hopefully it won’t come to this, but Toronto’s setting a good precedent for civil disobedience if New York elects its own Rob Ford next year.

  • Iris Carswell-Hainline

    Spoke to my lawyer. There are no points for hitting a protester in a bike lane. Someone to keep in mind for 2013.

  • Dino Zord

    Lafayette Street “Gas Lane” just South of Houston is available as a protest opportunity.  Could be first time in U.S. that a dedicated bike lane has been converted into a dedicated wait-in-line-for-gasoline lane. All hail NYPD.

  • moocow

     That’s worth getting arrested for, if it comes to that.

  • The never ending struggle between the upper middle class vs the upper middle class.

  • Emiellie411

    I was in Paris a few years ago and was amazed at what they’ve done with bike lanes in that world class city. As the rest of the world progresses forward, we in Toronto move backward.

  • If Ford did this in the U.S., he’d be tazed & beaten by the donut squad.

  • Miles Bader

    Rob Ford seems such a pure and simple douchebag, and clearly gets pleasure from hurting others; he doesn’t even try to hide it.

    Does he have any redeeming points?  How on earth did he get elected…?!

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  • Anonymous

    @a6ce9c11f97e473b1279bd019e502faa:disqus In Brooklyn, the bike lane on Vanderbilt between Atlantic and Fulton has also been turned into a gas rationing lane. And since gas rationing makes the already rage-filled  that much angrier, it’s scary to bike in the very narrow space left between the cars . . .

  • Anonymous

    @twitter-91225251:disqus Uh, “upper middle class vs the upper middle class”? Just one example of the class status of the protestors from that article: “Steve Fisher, a 14-year member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.” Maybe he’s that and also a multimillionaire, but I kinda doubt it.

    The idea that bike lanes represent some kind of privileged space is outrageous. This is about protecting vulnerable road users. And the reality is that those road users span all classes–and probably skew more heavily to the absolute poorest.

  • Anonymous

    @dporpentine:disqus  I’m not sure how you got from “upper middle class” to “multimillionaire”. 

  • Anonymous

    @JoshNY:disqus Ah, yes, should’ve shot for the sweet “reasonable” spot of, say, $200,000. Plenty of Canadian Armed Forces Reservists making that.

    And let’s face it: the upper-middle class definitely contains people worth several million dollars. Worth vs. income.

  • keenplanner

    In Canada, yet.  I have a feeling that Mr. Ford may regret his stupidity.  

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