Battle over Jarvis bike lanes continues to wage on
The City of Toronto is ticking to its guns on plans to remove the Jarvis Bike lanes. Despite receiving a well-publicized legal opinion from the Toronto Cyclists Union that suggests an Environmental Assessment is required to eliminate cycling infrastructure on the street, the Sun reports today that Transportation Services has come to the conclusion that no new study is required.
"After careful consideration and assessment, in short, and respectfully, we are unable to agree with the conclusions in your letter," wrote Transportation Services acting general manager Andrew Koropeski in a letter to the union. So the big question becomes whether or not the Bike Union will take the matter to Minister of the Environment, a course of action it previously indicated it would pursue if the City rejected its request.
Is this the end of the line for bike lanes on Jarvis? It's possible — but I sure wouldn't bet on supporters of the lanes just packing it in on account of this news.
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