For sale: One slightly used bike lane
While some cyclist reacted with disappointment after yesterday's council vote to eliminate the Jarvis bike lanes, others are finding the humour in it.
Joel Loughead posted the listing below last night on Craigslist for the bike lanes (click for a bigger version):
Free for the taking, one bike lane running north/south along Jarvis St. in downtown Toronto. Barely a year old, in like-new condition -- well loved, but with years and years of life left. We've just decided that cycling's not really a priority for our city and have chosen to switch back to the old car-centric model.
Loughead, a cyclist himself, told the Star he came up with the idea while watching his friends on Facebook reacting to the decision to eliminate the Jarvis bike lanes.
"I happened to be on Craigslist at the same time in the free section and it just kind of occurred to me," he said.
"It just kind of seemed like a fitting place: A free listing on Craigslist."
He said he's received over a dozen responses from people, none interested in taking the lanes off the city's hands, but rather support for his posting. He's received one negative email about it.
The email said: "Jarvis is a game of Russian roulette right now."
Loughead's response? "It's just going to get worse."
As a west-ender, Loughead doesn't usually ride on Jarvis, but said he is still disappointed with council's decision.
"I want Toronto back. I want the city that I know and love to come back to us. I want us to be the city that the world thinks we should be and not the city we're slowly becoming."
Meanwhile, according to reports on Twitter, dozens of cyclists took over Jarvis St. last night.
"A cavalcade of bikers riding north on Jarvis across all the lanes. Should I call 911, Ford?" tweeted @briwhat.
Yash Keough captured this photo of the cyclists: