I don’t want to piss on a segregated bike lane. This is actually a really good thing, but the context in which Toronto opened its first seperated lane is rankling not the least because our Mayor is taking credit for a cooperative process he is unwilling to embrace in other areas.

Mayor Ford was quoted as saying:

“This is how you make positive and lasting change in this city … This is how you implement a made-in-Toronto solution … We’re committed to integrated bike lanes throughout the city, downtown, and this is a great first step,”

It was a first step that saw the mayor erase a major downtown bike route months after it was installed by the previous city council. There is another major caveat. The mayor later in his press conference said that “people downtown want bike lanes”. Implicit in his comments was the suggestion that people outside the core do not want bike lanes. It has been a fundamental tension in Ford’s stint as mayor that the ‘burbs don’t want bikes and that cars are the only serious solution to the City’s transportation needs.  The CTV report linked to below also notes that the city now has 115 kilometers of bike lanes servicing a whopping 30,000 cyclists

Compare this to the Copenhagen area which supplies over 400 KM of bike lanes  (350 of which are segregated) and the surrounding municipalities provide several hundred more. The regional council is adding a further 500 km of Super bikeways to facilitate cycling between the major outlying communities with Copenhagen proper.

Toronto officially opening city’s first separated bike lanes on Sherbourne | CTV Toronto News