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New video shows the sad state of bike lanes in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / May 23, 2014

bike lanes torontoToronto is about to install a series of downtown bike lanes on streets like Adelaide and Richmond, which is great news for commuting cyclists. That said, cycling infrastructure is only safe and useful when it actually protects riders from vehicular traffic. Isn't that the whole point? Alas, not everyone thinks so, as this new video humorously shows off. It's an anecdotal take on the state of bike lanes in the city, to be sure, but most Toronto cyclists will find the various scenes of cars, buses, and other obstacles parked in the bike lane all too familiar.

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79 Comments

Rider / May 23, 2014 at 08:54 am
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I ride everyday. This guy sounds like a total idiot.

Poor baby.
Potrzebie / May 23, 2014 at 09:00 am
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Yes, we get the idea.

It's a busy, busy city. People are stopping to load and unload all over the place. Pedestrians are walking where they need to walk. Go, go, go.

Roads get blocked, sidewalks get blocked and bike lanes get blocked. There's nothing surprising or particularly notable here.

iSkyscraper / May 23, 2014 at 09:05 am
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Good transportation designers know that absolute physical separation is required in a dense, urban setting if a bike lane is to be used safely as such. Closely spaced bollards, high curbs, trees, walls, parked cars -- anything will do. The key to building a separated bike lane is the "separation" part.

Toronto is among the very worst of its peers in understanding this.

As the evidence piles up, will this change? Time will tell.
Ray / May 23, 2014 at 09:19 am
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OK so we edited together just the negative parts of the ride can we see the other 55mins please.
Hair / May 23, 2014 at 09:23 am
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Where we at with the Cat Cafes????

There was a big splash and big announcement about the cat cafe's now its all quiet? Hows the crowdfunding working out??
Parker replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / May 23, 2014 at 09:29 am
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x 100

Paint is not infrastructure.
Duhie / May 23, 2014 at 09:33 am
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Could he be anymore annoying? I'm on his side but damn.
Gee / May 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
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I liked this movie, it really does show how ridiculous even the most dedicated of Toronto's bicycle infrastructure is. I agree with iSkyscraper, true separation is the only way it'll work.
KevinN replying to a comment from Potrzebie / May 23, 2014 at 09:40 am
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Okay, if that's the case would you not think the efforts and money going into this project is wasted?

Great excuse BTW.
bikey bobbbbbbbbbbbby / May 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
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adelaide and richmond are a major opportunity for the city. since lanes are already taken up by construction, it makes sense to put bike lanes curbside, physically seperated by some type of barrier (generously spaced bollards or even parked cars)
mike in parkdale / May 23, 2014 at 09:48 am
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people are quick to shoot the messenger, but his case is 100% valid - a blocked bike lane is useless, because it just forces bikes back out into the rest of traffic.
jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / May 23, 2014 at 09:52 am
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I disagree - separating each mode of transport only encourages problems and exacerbates issues like the above video.A shared space/street or woonerf or means that everyone has to be more aware of each other , and play with give + take.

Adam replying to a comment from Gee / May 23, 2014 at 09:56 am
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True separation could work BUT if you've ever noticed on the streets so many cyclists here are so eager to be at the front of the line, pass everyone who's waiting to move right up to the front.

There is no single file here, at a stop light you get 3-4 cyclists side by side in the car lane trying to be the first one out of the gates when the light turns green.
RC / May 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Is there a corresponding video showing cyclists going through red lights, going past open streetcar doors, blocking TTC buses, riding on pedestrian paths on trails that have dedicated bike paths, failing to have proper lighting, and cutting onto sidewalks to try and skip past traffic? Or is this just a one-sided narrative?
Jeff / May 23, 2014 at 10:02 am
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That is the problem with bike lanes unless there NO STOPPING along that whole route. I agree to tow people away if they are NO STOPPING zones

Also, that green lane has a DIAMOND on it too.. Doesn't that mean it is a shared use? I haven't been on that route.
JL / May 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
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@RC Go make your own video and knock yourself out. But your deflection is irrelevant; there are bad cyclists just like there are bad drivers.

There is a mentality in this city that people figure they can park wherever, whenever they want as long as they're "only a minute". It is selfish, lazy and endangers people. We get so many self made "exceptions" that bike lanes are rendered useless.
bill replying to a comment from RC / May 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Stand on any street coroner and watch every other car break the law. Yet there is not call to remove these offenders from he roads, or ban all cars until they all learn the rules of the road. Talk about hypocrisy.
Ray / May 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
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As a cyclist it always peeves me off when other cyclists sit way out in the right hand land blocking cars that could be going from making a right hand turn.

Then when a driver honks their horn to get their attention to suggest they move over to the curb a little to let others by, the cyclist get all up in arms and the battle begins....
another Gee / May 23, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Yeah, bike lanes are blocked with stuff. But the horrible condition of the pavement downtown is a more significant problem for people who actually ride all the time. Ridden across Adelaide lately? Holysh*t to say the least. Physically separated bike lanes are theoretically part of the incentive package that would lure new people onto bikes, we get that. But the potholes, broken pavement, glass, sand, gravel, and construction debris on the road is discouraging to existing cyclists. The current conditions are deplorable.
Gee replying to a comment from Adam / May 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
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Yeah, I've noticed that, it's irritating. But it does tend to sort itself out once everyone is rolling. We're a "me first" society and as shitty as that seems, I've learned to deal with that. Sometimes I'm the slow guy, sometimes I'm the fast guy.

To respond to Ray, yeah, I hate that some cyclists do that!
Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
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"As a cyclist it always peeves me off when other cyclists sit way out in the right hand land blocking cars that could be going from making a right hand turn."

Having been on the receiving end of many right-hooks because drivers refuse to actually follow rules of right-of-way, when I'm first to the stop line I will take the lane. Drivers would have to wait behind a car or a motorbike, so they can wait behind my vehicle just as well.
Potrzebie replying to a comment from KevinN / May 23, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Kevinnn wrote: "if (it's a busy city and the lanes are sometimes going to be blocked), would you not think the efforts and money going into this project is wasted?"

Nope, I would not say it's wasted. This video is heavily edited to show only the negatives. I would not call the bike lanes a failure based on it.
Ray replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 10:52 am
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SO it's OK for you to come out of the bike lane, but cars can't go in the bike lane?

We SHARE the road.
Mark / May 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
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Bicyclists annoyed that drivers don't follow the rules.

I'm here all week. Try the veal.
Adam H. replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 11:01 am
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Yes, we SHARE. SHARING also means NOT endangering me through reckless disregard of the law. Drivers have NO RIGHT AT ALL to put me in danger and I refuse to give them the opportunity.

If you had actually read my comment for content, you'll see I take the lane when I'm at the light first and right of way is mine. The fact that I have to take the lane so some asshole in a car doesn't violate the law and put me in danger is not a reflection on me.

If cars are turning right from a road where there is a bike lane, they are NOT ALLOWED to turn across the bike lane, they are REQUIRED to merge into it. If that means merging and waiting behind bikes, tough shit. You're not allowed to turn right from an inner lane.
Matt / May 23, 2014 at 11:10 am
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Toronto should just get rid of Right Turn on Red. Works elsewhere.
jd / May 23, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Bike messenger making a delivery and stopping in a lane of traffic to park their bike blocking a lane while they take a few minutes to drop off their package. Betting bike would get run over in spite, many many times.
Ray replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 11:16 am
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Yes but your the same clown that won't wait behind a car when the car is the first one at a light. Instead of waiting behine the car you go out of your way to go right around the car to stop right infront of it, when the car is already at the Stop line.
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat / May 23, 2014 at 11:16 am
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Actually, I agree with you in some settings. Woonerfs are terrific, as are their Complete Street descendants. I am a huge fan and all for this in residential areas, low-speed commercial zones, park roads and other contexts. You are correct that the North American fixation on grade and use separation led to many problems of lost capacity and territorial/aggressive attitudes.

However, we have to deal with the reality of the situation, and along busier arterial streets with higher speeds, such as Richmond or even Sherbourne or Wellesley, separation of uses is the sandbox we are playing in. Pedestrians are expected to stay on sidewalks, cars are expected to stay in lanes, and bikes, if they want a place, will need their own mostly-impervious piece of the public way.

Woonerfs will and should be used in Toronto eventually, maybe in the West Don Lands or Queens Quay, but will not be the solution to the above video.
Adam H. replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 11:18 am
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"Yes but your the same clown that won't wait behind a car when the car is the first one at a light."

That's your argument? You're making shit up about what I do now? Christ, you're an asshole.

You don't know the law, you don't know how I ride, and you don't know how to be safe. Three strikes, you're a dick.
Kev replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 11:18 am
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In almost total agreement. Not enough people using the roads (motorists and cyclists) understand the idea of a queue; especially when it comes to right hand turn lanes. A motorist, if they're the first to the light, making a right, should be in the bike lane (as its another lane of traffic) and if a bike is there first, they should wait behind them, just as they'd wait for a car in a right hand lane.
At the same time, if there is a car in the lane waiting to make a right turn, a cyclist shouldn't try to slide in between the car and the curb and instead, wait behind the car, which is in the bike lane.
As a motorist and cyclist, I've experienced both.
cd replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
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It's a matter of safety not d*ckishness. I have had cars brush past me on my motorcycle, let alone bike, while in the right lane because they are so fixated on that right turn. And don't get me started on trying to cross a light with a "walk" sign when some motorist with a red sees a gap in traffic and thinks "oh good, I can power through this turn without stopping".

Yes we "SHARE" the road in the same way that sharks and swimmers share the ocean to paraphrase RoFo. And like someone swimming in shark infested waters I assume everything else on the road is trying to kill me and thus do whatever is necessary to make sure I arrive home in one piece. If that means making you wait an extra minute to make your right turn so be it.
canuckone / May 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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I ride my bike - no longer have a car - and use streets with bike lanes and without bike lanes. I come across the same scenes portrayed in this video clip.

The first part of the video at Sherbourne and Bloor is not anyone's fault... the cyclist can see that buses have taken up the turning lane (it is a subway stop) and thus the cars have no other option to use the cycling lane. I encounter this all the time (it's a nuisance) but I work my way around the other side of this line of cars and continue on Sherbourne. The cyclist appears to be making the same right turn as the cars. My advice to him/her (as an avid cyclist) - wait in line with the rest of the confusion. No need to be an asshole on two wheels (and there are plenty of them out there).

In a perfect world... those vans (moving vans) would have a dedicated unloading areas but some apartments do not. Should they park in the vehicular lane and totally screw up the street? Sometimes there are legitimate reasons a container truck has been left on a road in a high service area a service truck has momentarily stopped - not to piss off cyclists.

This uber entitled cyclist who put this video together needs to work with the rest of society: expect the unexpected, work around the situation and stop feeling so fucking entitled.

Jason / May 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Majority of the bad cyclists out there have never even driven a car or driven a car downtown. Not knowing the rules and being able to predict what a vehicle 20 feet ahead of you could potenitially do is their downfall. Instead they are staring at their front tire and one foot ahead.
df replying to a comment from Matt / May 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Congrats, you win the dumbest comment of the day award.

No right on red would increase commute times, slow the flow of traffic, and contribute to GHG emissions through idling.
df replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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It all depends on the lane markings. The back and forth between you two is stupid.

If it is hashmarked the car can enter, solid lines they can't.

Simple Ontario HTA 101. Drivers and cyclists would do well to read it.
Ray replying to a comment from cd / May 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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YES and if that means waiting behind a car that was there first then so be it, that is the safe spot for you to be NOT going around the car or squeezing beside it.

Cyclist do this to each other all the time and I have no problem pushing you into traffic if you can't wait your turn. If I'm first inline on my bike, wait behind me if you come up beside me I go forward and push to the left pushing you out and behind me....
JAX replying to a comment from cd / May 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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Wow so many fearful scaredy cats on here!

Please don't try extreme sports your fear will hold you back, leave the hardcore stuff to those of us with the need for speed!
Sam / May 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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I have a brand new single speed bike I WILL NOT be waiting behind a Supercycle or any bike that looks less than mine. It's about the bike NOT the rider. Choice bikes go first everytime....
Adam H. replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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You're making shit up again (about what cd does this time), and you just demonstrated that you're an unsafe, vindictive moron.

Get off the road. You're definitely part of the problem.
Ray replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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I'm not part of the problem. You want a dedicated lane that means riding SINGLE FILE, not passing each other not grouping everyone together at the light. Get used to it, cars seem to get along this way why can't cyclists?
Adam H. replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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You JUST SAID you're willing to push people into traffic. Get off the road, you idiot.
Ray replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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Yes I'm willing to push unsafe riders that group together at a light into traffic for my own safety. Ride single file and this won't happen.

How safe is it to have 4 bikes all staring together at a light racing across the intersection to the be in first position not knowing the abilities of the other riders all the while cars are passing at the same time.

I raced BMX and Mountain bikes for many years and can beat anyone out of the start gate no matter what bike I'm on.
Tim replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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HA HA I love seeing three bikers all with the same ability pushing for first position. They take up a whole lane from Bathurst to Spadina before one of them can get in the lead. Yet they wonder why cars are right on their tail....
Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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"Yes I'm willing to push unsafe riders that group together at a light into traffic for my own safety."

You are PSYCHOTIC. YOU are the problem.
Ray replying to a comment from Adam H. / May 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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Sure put me in a dedicated lane then, where we'll have less space to fight for. Good thing I can bunny hop 2-3 feet and can easily hop in and out of a dedicated lane.

BRING IT!!!
Adam H. replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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I'm sorry, Ray. I didn't realize that you're just a sad keyboard warrior with a tiny shrunken manhood.

Carry on. I'm sure your mom thinks you're smart and cool.
Ray / May 23, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Bunny Hop Tailwhip Braaaap Braaaap Braaaap!!!!

Look who's out in front! Braaaap Braaaap Braaaap!!!!
Charles / May 23, 2014 at 01:10 pm
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But then bikers get SOOO DEFENSIVE should an ebike use the bike lane or jump the cue ahead of them.... ohhh no heaven forbid an EBIKE might share the same road as you....
Mirror / May 23, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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Majority of the bad drivers out there have never even driven a bike or driven a bike downtown. Not knowing the rules and being able to predict what a vehicle 20 feet ahead of you could potenitially do is their downfall. Instead they are staring at their dashboard and one foot ahead.


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And we're done with the silly comments. Which is why separated lanes are needed, because clearly people can't get along on their own.
Kris replying to a comment from Potrzebie / May 23, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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While I agree there's little notable about bike lanes getting blocked, given the way that *everything* gets blocked in the city, I think there's still a huge cultural problem in this city around the acceptability of blocking bike lanes (and other throughfares). Just the other day, I was riding in the contraflow lane on Shaw, and found a car parked in the lane in front of me, when there were abundant unused parking spaces across the street. I've also seen people pull into bike lanes to make phone calls, right next to a driveway that they could have used instead (or even a surface parking lot).

In some places, there may also be a shortage of useful laybys for pick-up and drop-off that people could use instead of block through lanes (bike or otherwise), but most of the time, I'm pretty sure it's just people being thoughtless and inconsiderate.
Matt / May 23, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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I just enjoyed two police officers parking their car in the bike lane at Wellesley and Church. While walking into the Pizza Pizza there, I pointed out they were parked in the bike lane. They just shrugged and said, "Yeah, so what?"
Randy replying to a comment from Springloaded Seat / May 23, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Ahhh poor baby. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. Maybe you just weren't made to ride downtown if you can't handle it.
Randy replying to a comment from Matt / May 23, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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Because cars need to stop along the curb when they pull over. Your bike came with handle bars for a reason learn how to steer.
Potrzebie replying to a comment from Kris / May 23, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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Agree. It sucks when the bike lanes are blocked. But taking it as a special affront "because bicycle" is a little much.

And hell, there may be a legitimate reason for parking in a bike lane. I have a mobility-challenged friend who lives on Queens Quay, with a bike lane right out front at the most convenient entrance -- and I've been chewed out by able-bodied spandex velonazis for forcing them to leave their lane when I'm there to pick him up. I don't blame them -- they don't understand the context.

Drivers need to be more considerate. And cyclists need to chill.
Ray / May 23, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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Braaaaap!!! Braaaap!!!! Braaaap!!!! PIN IT!!!


http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/1e/48/e7/1e48e76ab62fdf51ad62eac3e9a7e9df.jpg
Ray / May 23, 2014 at 04:01 pm
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Leaving for the day now, see you all out on the streets in a few mins, the race home begins!

Braaaaaap!!!!
Adam H. replying to a comment from Randy / May 23, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Or, hey, maybe drivers can learn to not stop where stopping isn't allowed.
Mar replying to a comment from Ray / May 23, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Exactly this. The guy is complaining about a pedestrian at one point crossing through the bike lane to cross the street. Bike lanes are not a waste of time just because sometimes someone pulls over into one or briefly uses one. I don't drive I bike. It drives me nuts when cyclist expect motorists to be patient but at the same time don't have the patience to pass a parked vehicle on the left like everyone else. slow down its not the end of the world. its a bike lane not a bike freeway.
W. K. Lis / May 23, 2014 at 04:39 pm
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Bike lanes will not get the respect they need with the administration and politicians giving priority to the automobiles.
cd replying to a comment from JAX / May 23, 2014 at 06:14 pm
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What the hell are you talking about JAX? You know nothing about me. I've done plenty of extreme sports, including racing motorcycles. Wanna bet I've gone faster on two-wheels than you have? Heck, when I was younger and stupider I used to commute by bicycle in NYC (you ever seen Premium Rush? I lived it!)

My fear cycling in Toronto isn't about speed, it's about being on a road with motorists who are either a) incompetent, b) distracted or c) a-holes that think they own the road and can run you over if you're in their way. Any of them can turn a fun ride into a nightmare in a split second.
(After my wife was seriously injured in a car crash, the investigating officer told me that if you really want to get away with killing someone then run them over with your car. Worked for Michael Bryant didn't it?)

If you think it's all fun and games out there good for you, but don't judge others because they just want to get home in one piece. If I want to have fun on my bike I ride on empty country roads or single-track, but that's just me.

Sheesh, grow up "hotshot".
Filip / May 23, 2014 at 06:19 pm
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I think that most of the people who comment here , didn't got the point of this video! :-( sad, very sad........

THEY OCCUPY ALL BIKE LANES IN THIS CITY!
Not just painted bike lanes, this city needs lanes separated by brick walls!

pat / May 23, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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it's easy. let's learn with Montreal. Don't need to be a traffic engineer to build bike lanes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHySTA4omIA
James replying to a comment from pat / May 23, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Exactly. I don't know why we need cycling apps and 5 year studies that do nothing for actually creating bike lanes except stall, stall, stall for another 5 years....
Tim replying to a comment from Filip / May 23, 2014 at 06:52 pm
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If they build separated bike lanes here its mainly for the novices that are fearful, you'll then have people riding in the separated lanes and then the hotshots that will refuse to ride single file along with the rest in the separated lanes....
JAX replying to a comment from cd / May 23, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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Some ownership needs to be on the cyclist as well. You have to admit you see foolish amateurs out there every day doing risky bike moves like they own the road. The amount of times I see other cyclists squeezing into a tight spot between a car and a truck is incredible. If you see a risk up ahead then hold back until the risk clears, don't force your way through it then scream about it later.

Did it work for Michael Bryant or Darcy Allan Sheppard? Darcy was the one chasing down a car and hanging onto the side of it. Right or wrong you have to understand a car can be a killing machine whether the driver is a smart driver or not. Are you going to enter a fight? against a car or a grizzly bear knowing theres a slim chance your going to win. OR if your so concerned with your own safety are you going to back away and let the killing machine move on?
JAX / May 23, 2014 at 07:05 pm
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Is it really about your own safety or about being right and proving yourself?
Rick Samer / May 23, 2014 at 07:41 pm
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Have you ever thought that maybe the city isn't really conducive to retro-fitting bike lanes? I mean, how are trucks going to make deliveries or how are cars supposed to make right turns? The problem is that the city planners THINK they can make cyclists happy (which is near impossible.)

This video just proves that you're an idiot.
Mike Z replying to a comment from Rider / May 23, 2014 at 08:45 pm
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I ride every day too. A lot of validity in the video...I'd say YOU sound like a the idiot.

More people would bike if there was safe infrastructure.
Susie Q / May 23, 2014 at 09:01 pm
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Great video! Good way to travel. Be nice everyone! We need more bike lanes to be safer.
Paolo / May 23, 2014 at 09:29 pm
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I agree with this video 100% but if total separation isn't possible then wet need some serious fines put in place for anyone caught in the bike lanes. If people who have cars are upset about having less space on the road or being inconvenienced by then it's their own stupid fault for driving a car downtown. Park at a subway station and take that
Ivor / May 24, 2014 at 12:43 am
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Be careful what you wish for. The right turn "sharrows" is a shared lane with clearly defined rules in the traffic act. Regrettably the professional drivers, the police, and most cyclists have no understanding of the rules. Asking for fines, single file, segregation, or aggressive policing is not what I want in Toronto. Next we'll have police hiding behind stop signs writing tickets for McCarthyism.
Mike B / May 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
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I'm all for bike lanes, but against dedicated bike lanes. I bike every day and my average clip is 20 km/hr, but I get up to 45 in some places. If the lanes were dedicated it would take twice as long for me to get anywhere. Some cyclists are reaaaallly slow.

The biggest problem, in my experience, isn't the bike lane, but as Ray seem to suggest, where the bike lane meets an intersection and a car is making a right turn. It's easy to shoulder check and deke out of the bike lane. It's less easy to negotiate with a moving car that wants to turn right but isn't sure where it is supposed to be and how to deal with cyclists. That's because most cyclists seem to be unsure or wrong. Both are generally at fault.

The driver should pull into the bike lane there (the line is generally dashed) and bikes should go around the left of the car turning right. That's in the City's guidelines. Nobody seems to know this though. Drivers stay too far out for cyclists to go around to the left, the car behind leaves little to no room, and cyclists whiz by on the right, thinking that's what they are supposed to be doing. It's dangerous and holds up traffic.
Marc / May 24, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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Y'all crazy and need some mental health care.
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Are you really concerned about your safety? Why are you endangering yourself then? / May 29, 2014 at 07:22 pm
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ANYONE THAT'S CONCERNED WITH THIER SAFETY WHILE CYCLING IN TORONTO SHOULD NOT BE WEARING EARBUDS WHILE RIDING THIER BIKE.


YOU ARE DOING THE MOST UNSAFE THING YOU CAN DO.
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Yep, that's why people who are deaf or hard of hearing are forbidden from cycling.
Are you really concerned about your safety? replying to a comment from KC / May 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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No that's why deaf people have challenges hearing the audio senses but often have other their other senses heightened, but for them its a 24/7 thing they deal with all day. Just unplug the earbuds if your concerned about your safety cycling on the roads. If you cut off one of your senses, you are contributing to the lack of safety.
Jefferson / June 12, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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Cyclists would be a lot safer if they started following the rules of the road (ont. Highway traffic act applies to bikes too). I'll post my dashcam of cyclists blowing through stop signs, riding the wrong way on one way streets, passing streetcars as passengers exit, trying to squeeze past vehicles turning right, ignoring red lights, not signalling turns, etc. etc.

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