Cyclist hit by car en route to support bike lanes
Michael Woods, Staff Reporter
An ironic twist delayed Shawnte Clow’s arrival at Wednesday’s council vote that scrapped the Jarvis St. bike lanes.
Biking to City Hall to oppose the lanes’ removal, she was sideswiped by a car and thrown onto Queen St. E., just west of Greenwood Ave.
She emerged with only scrapes and bruises. The woman who allegedly sideswiped her apologized and offered her money, but Clow declined and called police. The driver was charged with careless driving, she said.
Clow, a theatre technician who lives in the Beach, said she and the car lined up side-by-side at the stoplight before the crash
“There’s no way she didn’t see me,” Clow said, adding she thinks a designated bike lane would have prevented the crash. Queen St. does not have a bike lane.
“Drivers of cars are naturally taught to respect lines on the pavement.”
Clow was too shaken to ride her bike after the crash. She locked it up and was offered a free ride to City Hall by a sympathetic streetcar driver.