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John Godfrey Spragge

Mr. Kenzie, I refuse to give in to bullies and to irresponsible people. You have made your ideology quite clear: let enough motorists operate recklessly, and you can force competing modes of transport, particularly human modes such as walking and cycling, off Toronto's streets. Unfortunately, you speak for far too many motorists. If researchers of the future wonder why cyclists refuse to respect car culture, your writings will provide the answer. I have only one answer for your fake solicitude: I'll take my chances on the street rather than live in fear of the irresponsible and reckless motorists who would take away my freedom.

Erhard

As a cyclist - I do appreciate the line of white paint that makes most drivers (maybe even all?) stay at a respecting distance from my handle bars. I'll take a bike lane anytime instead of having to share the same narrow lane with impatient drivers. Sure, a separating curb would be better, but beggars can't be choosers, right?!

Not all drivers will acknowledge that a hundred drivers switching to bikes are a boon for the remaining four-wheeled traffic. I like that you state concern for the cyclists' safety, but here's a question: leaving the carelessness of some cyclists aside (to avoid tedium), let's focus on the motorized users and the city's road design: what could the city, lawmakers and province do to make cycling a safer option?

AMH

And THIS is why I don't read the Toronto Star and CAR Advertiser -- you're letting your bias show.

Bikes are safer than cars, especially for kids, most of whom who die, die BECAUSE of car crashes and collisions.

We need fewer cars, not more. And we need to take more space from cars, not to give them more, in order to keep us all safe.

Larry

The cost of taking them out also includes reconfiguring the stop lights for the reversible middle lane, which still hasn't been sorted out (notably at Gerrard) since the bike lanes were put in.

Apparently, though, the five lanes are now no longer in compliance with city traffic standards in terms of width, so there may be more changes on the way.

I agree that a separated lane would be safer than just a line of paint, although I think it will be quite some time before anything appears on Sherbourne, since pretty much the whole street could use resurfacing.

I don't think you're the only one concerned about bikers' safety - it's obvious that there are many who have a habit of (disingenuously) pointing to the 'dangers' of cycling - but cycling in Toronto is much safer (or less dangerous, to put it less controversially) than many opponents of cycling would have it.

The question that remains is whether Ford's stated commitment to (separated) bike lanes 'where they make sense' really translates to an interest in putting more of them in where they do indeed make sense, or whether it's just a convenient way of saying 'Hmm, nope, they don't make sense here, or here, or here' so that Toronto ends up with even less than the current 0.3% of its roads having bike lanes of any kind.

Kane Baker

I absolutely agree with you, these lines were way to small and Dangerous.
This star article explains how taking a lane is safer, it will be a bit slower for cars now, as I will take a full lane on Jarvis.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/690848

Danforthist

If you are genuinely concerned about cyclists' safety you would NEVER DRIVE AN AUTOMOBILE AGAIN. You'd make Toronto's "dangerous traffic" less dangerous by walking or transiting to work, and selling your deadly, fast-moving motor-vehicle to someone in an outlying rural area who genuinely has no alternative means of getting around.

Your feigned concern is akin to Islamists (or certain Toronto police officers) telling WOMEN to dress modestly as a way of preventing rape.

Brian Huntley

Bicyclist's aren't killing each other, Jim. Car drivers are killing cyclists (every now and then.) Seems to me you're putting the blame in the wrong place.

Remember: they were here first.

Tom

As a pedestrian, I would appreciate the above cyclist commentors do not lump us in with cyclists. I have been run over by a cyclist, and my experience as a pedestrian in downtown Toronto, is that cyclists put me at danger on more of daily basis than cars. To be honest, if Toronto cyclists really cared about the environment or making the city a better placed to live, they would start walking and taking public transit.

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