It's been a while since I revisited the ludicrous Jarvis Street bicycle lanes, one of the sadder legacies of ex-Mayor David I-hate-the-car Miller.
On the plane over here to Rome, I saw in the Wednesday Star our transportation reporter Tess Kalinowski's piece on a report (presumably prepared by the same City employees who installed the lanes in the first place) which said that the delays encountered by motorists due to these bike lanes were not quite as bad as expected.
Southbound trips apparently were within the projected two-minute window.
Northbound rush hour was a different story though. The extra fourteen minutes was four to six minutes longer than the predicted eight to ten minutes.
Bike traffic, however, was up by 30 percent.
Sure is. All the way up from 228 to 297.
69 more cyclists. Those bike lanes really dragged them out, didn't they?
The report suggested the 'after bike lane installation' number might have been understated, because the survey was done in October, and cycling varies by season.
And the northbound data may have been invalid because it was raining on the day the count was done.
We have SEASONS in Toronto?
And sometimes it RAINS?
Gosh. Who knew?
Did anybody count the cars?
I Know someone did, but I can't find any reference to it, on the Intenet or even in my own blog (has somebody been screwing with my posts??)
But it seems to me it was something like 10,000.
You lose a game 10,000 to 298 - that's 33 to 1 - you have lost.
So, that 30 percent increase in bike traffic? Resulting in a 50 percent increase in traffic delays?
To thirty-three times as many citizens?
That sounds fair.