Their goal is to “Get people out of their cars.” They are shrill and they are loud. They have the city government and the press behind them. Auto lanes and parking spaces are being eliminated in favor of cycle lanes. A $60 annual fee was imposed on Toronto cars by the city (people that drive in from the ‘burb’s don’t have to pay). Plans are afoot to take down the “mistake by the lake” ala San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway.
The Anti-Car juggernaut looked unstoppable, but now, maybe, it appears that the Mayor paused. After a very controversial move to remove the center lane of Jarvis, the Bloor-Danforth plan is on hold at least when it comes to cycle lanes.
The Mayor’s detractors are using this as a wedge issue.
Council plans are for very little money to be spent for roads, sidewalks or bicycle lanes. Most of it will be for new transit systems. So it appears that cyclists and their lanes are being used as cannon fodder. In other words, to advance the anti-car agenda, cyclists get all the credit and all the blame.