It would appear that while I was away in Germany, Toronto's City Council voted to eliminate the controversial bike lanes on Jarvis Street.
Well, they weren't controversial to anyone who has half a brain.
It apparently cost some $59,000 to install these things - for reasons that aren't immediately clear, it is projected that it will cost over $200,000 to take them out.
Geez - why didn't they just ASK me?...
They won't be removed until proper bike lanes are constructed on Sherbourne Street in 2012, which will separate the bikes from the cars by more than a dollop of paint.
But if the elimination of these death traps gives one biker pause before taking his (or, memo to my second daughter, HER) bicycle into Toronto's dangerous traffic, and saves even one life, it'll be worth it.
(Throughout all of this, I've always wondered why I'M apparently the only guy who's most concerned about the bikers' safety. None of them seem to be. Maybe it IS that second daughter of mine...).
So, R.I.P. the Jarvis Street bike lanes.
Better than R.I.P. another biker.