Why are drivers so angry when they won the war on Jarvis St. cycling lanes?
It seems that it’s not enough for drivers to have the vehicle lane returned to them on Jarvis St.
Many want to grind their boot into the faces of cyclists who were forced to give up the bike lanes, which are being removed from Jarvis this week, judging by comments posted to The Star’s online story about it.
Several protestors obstructed the crew erasing the lines, which caused the work to be put off for a day, while police handled them gently and didn’t charge them.
But the cops made it clear they won’t put up with more protests that obstruct erasure of the bike lanes, or traffic, and will forcibly remove them if necessary.
Bottom line? Drivers win. Cyclists lose, in a landslide.
So it’s not surprising that some riders are feeling militant, and showed it by disrupting restoration of the fifth traffic lane.
They moved on after they made their point, but comment posted on thestar.com by fist-pumping drivers provides insight into the acrimonious relationship between so many of them and the cycling community.
Reader Joe Bell characterized it as “Motorized Vehicles 1, Street Lice 0,” and said that “the average cyclist today is a quasi-suicidal delusional who believes cars are evil…”
A reader named “haterz” said “real simple solution…no bikes on the road allowed. The cyclists will stop getting in everyone’s way and causing so much traffic.”
Okay, so bikes are the reason why there is so much traffic in Toronto. I’m too dumb to figure that out.
The haters love to get in their digs at former mayor David Miller, who is responsible for everything they don’t like, including a reader who said, “In your face David Miller! Next, please get rid of all the bike lanes on College St.”
Steve YYZ says drivers should “take back our roads, curb to curb. From this moment forward I will no longer feel the slightest guilt about blocking bike lanes (or) otherwise impeding any of Toronto’s cyclists.”
Did you ever?
Look, I get just about everywhere by driving, and resent unnecessary holdups as much as anyone. But I try to see the bigger picture: Cycling lanes that were in place for several years, and didn’t slow me down much, if at all, were taken away.
It’s the sort of thing that results in protest.
If they come back and hold up traffic again, maybe Steve YYZ or Haterz (notice how real tough guys hide behind pseudonyms?) will squash them like lice in their SUVs.
They’ve got it coming, eh Steve?