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Toronto cracks down on parking in the bike lane

Posted by Derek Flack / July 8, 2014

parking bike lane torontoAs Toronto installs new cycling infrastructure on streets like Richmond, Adelaide and Simcoe, the city is finally getting serious about cracking down on drivers who park in the bike lane. The new downtown bike lanes, the first of which will be officially open on Simcoe St. come July 9th, are set to feature a combination of pavement warnings and street-side signs that inform drivers of the $150 fine for blocking cycling traffic. In addition to the signage, parking enforcement will engage in periodic blitzes to prove that there's teeth behind the warnings.

As we recently pointed out, such fines aren't applicable to all vehicles who park in the bike lane, but the increased desire to crack down on obstinate drivers bodes well for the success of the pilot project. According to the Toronto Star, the city is also curious to see whether or not enforcement measures can prove just as much a deterrent as a physical barrier separating bike lanes. If there's a downside to all this it's that the city will be focusing most of of its energy on the area covered by the pilot and not bike lanes at large.

What do you think? Will these measures work to prevent parking in the bike lane?

Photo by Martin Reis in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

90 Comments

Rich / July 8, 2014 at 08:29 am
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No raised curb on the lanes = no stopping drivers from parking at will.
W. K. Lis / July 8, 2014 at 08:43 am
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Turning on your four-way hazard flashers override all the laws of land, apparently.
iSkyscraper / July 8, 2014 at 09:33 am
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Any system that relies on enforcement is doomed to fail.

This is why SEPARATED bike lanes are being installed in dozens of cities. Just google it. Physical separation (curbs, parked cars, trees, etc.) is key.

Toronto = Fail. Again.

Maybe things will smarten up once Ford is finally gone?
Jess / July 8, 2014 at 09:37 am
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Define cracking down? Setting an example by charging 1 or 2 drivers for the offence?

They haven't even cracked down on cell phone use in cars. Everyday I'm cycling around people that are talking and texting on their phones. Whatever happened to that?
S / July 8, 2014 at 09:44 am
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Any plans to crack down on bicyclists running reds, going through open streetcar doors, blocking buses, or riding on the sidewalk instead of the road?
Parker replying to a comment from Rich / July 8, 2014 at 09:46 am
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Agree. Paint is not infrastructure.
Steve replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 09:49 am
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Would be a safer for the city if they started with drivers, holding them to the highway traffic act and various city bylaws.
Brenda replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 09:54 am
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Yes, let's start ticketing children on sidewalks.
Seymour replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 09:54 am
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Is there anything that will stop some motorists from being randomly angry at all cyclists?
Nancy Drew / July 8, 2014 at 09:55 am
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Setting a hefty fine for parking in bike lanes and then enforcing it rigorously in Toronto would be a total cash cow. There are so many people doing this!
steve replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 09:56 am
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Don't suggest cracking down on cyclists!
They want all the privileges but none of the responsibilities of the road
Gus replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 09:57 am
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One issue at a time please this is Toronto City council after all.

Any plans crack down on those housing illegal exotic pets?
lulu / July 8, 2014 at 09:58 am
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Simple solution; charge the parkers $500, give $250 to the enforcement officer and use the remaining $250 to pay for cycling infrastructure.
Dan / July 8, 2014 at 10:11 am
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worst offenders are like what's pictured. corporate vehicles like armoured trucks or fedex, UPS, etc. that understand that being ticketed where they park is just a part of the business. blitzes won't do anything for that.
to replying to a comment from Dan / July 8, 2014 at 10:23 am
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except raise funds for new bicycle infrastructure?
first / July 8, 2014 at 10:35 am
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As someone who has limited mobility and is forced to park near by, this is the reason you can not put up physical walls.
All of you cyclists are greedy, selfish, children. Unable to think for a moment that we live in a city to allow *EVERYONE* the ability to live here.

My experience is that most of the complaining is coming from outsiders who now reside in the city and think country/suburban ideas work in an urban setting. Well grow up. Sure you have moved out of mom's basement and work at a cafe, but bar*is-ta is not a proper job for an adult unless you own the cafe.
cycling is not the be all end all.

Those of us with limited mobility have the most difficult time to travel and we have ZERO option but to park where we do.
Then I have ungrateful morons with two working legs who love to key and damage my car.d I want nothing more then for these losers to suffer what I do. MS and non functional legs are not something you can even begin to understand. But I suppose people such as myself are force to take a cab 1 block after we park just so that little johnny can ride his toy in the city.

get bent
Attention Seeking Red Light Running Hipster / July 8, 2014 at 10:39 am
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Why not just ride on the sidewalk? Pedestrians normally get out of the way when you creep up on them then blast your horn at the last second, and if not, just do my usual "Get the fuck out of my way you elitist Bay Street pedestrian, you're on MY sidewalk!" which usually works. Even if they confront you, you know you're just going to run the next red light and take off whilst flipping them the finger, right? Being a cyclist is awesome as no rules apply to us. Hopefully our next mayor bans pedestrians so we can take back our sidewalks!
Rich replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 10:50 am
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I'm sorry, how can Toronto better accommodate your specific needs? Jesus... talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Zero options? Like the well-located and marked handicap parking spots all over the downtown core?

I'm sorry you have limited mobility, but you sound like a whiny ass.
Anti-Hipster replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 10:52 am
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Well said, First! You are my hero. Sadly, the self entitled commuter cyclists of this city feel that getting on time to their job at Starbucks (sorry hipsters, is that to corporate for you?) so they can supplement Daddy's monthly $5,000.00 allowance and then complain to their co-workers about how the city isn't cultured enough to appreciate their art/acting/screenwritting, supersedes the rights of all others. We do, indeed, live in a city of children.
Don Rivers / July 8, 2014 at 10:54 am
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Also time to crack down on all the cyclists riding on sidewalks; and time to license cyclists by ensuring they have taken a practical course which teaches the rules of the road - something many cyclists have never done since they don't drive cars.
Danny replying to a comment from Anti-Hipster / July 8, 2014 at 10:58 am
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hahahaha...this is some truly pitiful and braindead trolling. At least come up with something remotely accurate. The reason people ride bicycles is precisely because they don't have piles of money. You're right, you live in a city of children, your own personal city of one.
LuLu Lemonhead replying to a comment from lulu / July 8, 2014 at 10:59 am
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You've actually left me speechless with your stupidity...I'm not even really sure how to respond to that idea except to say that it sounds typical of the logic the average cyclist possesses. I'm in awe...
Danny replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 10:59 am
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"Any plans to crack down on bicyclists running reds, going through open streetcar doors, blocking buses, or riding on the sidewalk instead of the road?"

They do, every summer. Stop whining.
wahwah replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 11:00 am
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"All of you cyclists are greedy, selfish, children." HA!
What you clearly fail to realize is that if MORE people ride bikes YOU will directly benefit by having more opportunities to park in closer parking spaces more often... think about that for a second!
Anti-Hipster replying to a comment from Danny / July 8, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Danny, try getting a real job then. Oh wait, nobody will hire you because of the 2 inch hole in each of your ear lobes, and the fact that you will arrive to work each day stinking of sweat? That's discrimination!
Danny replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
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Ah, the pity troll. Sorry guy, you do the same thing as when there's no parking available anywhere else, or when all the parking spots are already taken. I call BS on this phony post.
Anti-Danny replying to a comment from Danny / July 8, 2014 at 11:09 am
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Yes Danny, everyone that has a viewpoint that differs from your own is clearly just a troll.
Grant replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
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I'm sure you're aware that an Accessible Parking Permit allows you to park anywhere you please. Cycling infrastructure with a raised curb would not impede you, stop making shit up.

The other judgmental and classist stuff about cyclists is bananas. Sounds like karma paid you a visit.

Ivana / July 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
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http://instagram.com/assholesparkedinbikelanes
Bill / July 8, 2014 at 11:14 am
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Until we start seeing cars towed and their drivers handcuffed and slammed face-first into the road it is going to be up to us to defend our territory. These tickets are a minor annoyance to the kind of assholes who park in a bike lane. Let them spend the night in jail, come in to work the next morning smelling like piss and then jump through hoops for several weeks to get their car back, and we'll see how many repeat offenders there are.
CW replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 11:15 am
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Wow, just wow. The guy with mobility issues calls cyclists "greedy, selfish, children" for wanting better infrastructure.

Are you also angry at all those people who fought and still fight for better building regulations and infrastructure for those in wheelchairs?

I smell but don't care replying to a comment from Bill / July 8, 2014 at 11:19 am
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So basically, they'll end up at work smelling the same as cyclists?
Little Fury replying to a comment from S / July 8, 2014 at 11:36 am
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Yes, cracking down on minor traffic violations that harm basically nobody is a good use of city time and resources. How about a jaywalking blitz while we're at it?
Mike replying to a comment from Don Rivers / July 8, 2014 at 11:39 am
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Last time I checked, drivers with valid licenses can drive like asshole and not follow rules of the road.
Lindsay / July 8, 2014 at 11:39 am
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I live on Simcoe Street and the cops have been giving out tickets all morning to drivers parked in bike lanes. It's about time.
Ivana replying to a comment from Lindsay / July 8, 2014 at 11:42 am
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that is so good to hear!
joe / July 8, 2014 at 11:45 am
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I'm all for the cars to stop parking in bike lanes and now there's a "assholesparkedinbikelanes" instagram lol. Let's be real here there are more "uneducated" so to say cyclists than there are drivers. If having someone leave their car for a couple of minutes really pisses people off ALOT. We need to start making a "retardsonbikes" instagram then.

Any given day you would be walking "dingdingding" some idiot would be riding their bike behind you on the sidewalk. A bike would full cut between cars and then biking up one way streets... and not on the side just fully going into on coming traffic. Have a bus or streetcar stop to let passengers off and on, no problem let's just have the guy with the bike keep going and flip you off for trying to get on transit. It's also always nice having cyclists leaning on my car during red lights. Speaking of red lights let's just bike through those too.
I can go on and on about how stupid cyclists can be. I'm not against them, but if people are really having an issue with a car that's stopped and fines being handed out, look at the majority of your cyclists and how they bike around the city. They should start fining people on bikes too. The 80% i see without helmets would be a good start and the stupid way they ride around the city the fines they collect could help pay for their divided bike lanes or elevated bike lanes.
DirtyT / July 8, 2014 at 11:45 am
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I don't have much sympathy for a lot of cyclists out there. I really really really hate cyclists who make a big deal about taking up as much road as they like (as they are entitled to do by law), but then run stop signs and red lights..

Having said that, what's the friggin point of having these damned bicycle lanes if nobody's going to enforce the way they're used? The only thing worse than a cyclist taking up space on the road, is a cyclist taking up space in the road because some asshole driver is parked in the fucking bike lane...
Reeva / July 8, 2014 at 11:46 am
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there are good cyclists and good drivers. there are bad cyclists and bad drivers. when I am a pedestrian, I am from time to time annoyed/almost hit by both. when I am a driver, sometimes I see cyclists doing bad things (running lights, etc). when I am a cyclist, sometimes I see drivers doing bad things (not looking before swerving into the right lane to turn right/almost hitting me). to argue that one or the other are all assholes, is actually the dumbest statement I've ever heard.
TTC rider / July 8, 2014 at 11:50 am
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Way more cars and cabs drive by open streetcar doors than bikes.

I don't get the barista hate or why drivers assume that all cyclists are underemployed, as if tha's relevant or strengthens their argument.

Regardless, the roads aren't just for the moneyed or car owners. That entitled way of thinking will hopefully end when Mayor Ford is fired or jailed.
Don Rivers replying to a comment from Mike / July 8, 2014 at 11:54 am
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You're right about all the asshole drivers - but for ANYONE to be given the privilege to drive on our roads, they should have proof that they have passed a course indicating knowledge of road rules.
Little Fury replying to a comment from Don Rivers / July 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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If Toronto drivers are any indication, passing a test and knowing the rules of the road don't go hand in hand.
emq replying to a comment from Don Rivers / July 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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I completely agree with you re: bike riders needing to learn the rules of the road. If drivers of cars must know the rules and follow them, or be penalized, so must the bike riders who are taking a share of the road. I would like to see all bicyclists over the age of 16 mandated to have passed a course on traffic regulations and be licensed. The fees collected from this course/license could go to building better bike lanes.
Jeff / July 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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I am all for enforcement in general. If a car runs a red light, they should get a ticket and same with a bike or a pedestrian running across the street because they see "3 seconds" left on the countdown timer while 2 cars are stuck in the intersection waiting to turn.

I feel like they should do WAY more blitzes and enforcement.

Having said that, I often see police cops going the wrong way on one way streets, not stopping at stop signs, and other things that are not good examples (and, they were not responding to a "call")... so, it is almost like running stop signs/reds is standard for cyclists and to be expected.
Little Fury replying to a comment from emq / July 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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What makes you think a lack of knowledge of the rules is the problem?
Sven / July 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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Drivers calling for parity don't get the fundamental differences between the vehicles or the degree of harm they're capable of.

A lot more deaths due to dangerous driving than cycling. What's wrong with you?

Don Rivers replying to a comment from emq / July 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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I've often said the same about licensing cyclists...you're bang on!

Another peeve I have is when cyclists (and I'm also one) prevent cars from turning right at an intersection, by sneaking up on the right hand side of the car and going straight through the intersection.

If you want to go straight, either position yourself in the middle of the curb lane so cars must remain behind you, or ride on the left hand side of the car turning right.
JR replying to a comment from Jeff / July 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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As long as the pedestrian or cyclist clears the intersection while the light is in their direction, they aren't breaking the law, even if it does slightly inconvenience a driver trying to turn....
Katherine replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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WOW. Dude, you are a great example of karma in the universe.
Abe replying to a comment from Sven / July 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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Sven, I don't think you understand what parity means when it comes to knowing road rules.

Just because a car is capable of doing more damage than a bicycle is, it doesn't mean only car drivers need to be educated. It is time for cyclists to be aware of what is right and wrong, and to learn how to prevent from becoming another casualty.

What is wrong with you, Sven?
Yonge Street Parking Lot / July 8, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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Why is Yonge Street used as a parking lot every day? People park
on both sides waiting for their passengers to run into a store or a take out food place. Yonge Street is effectively a two lane
street because of this, and no one EVER gets a ticket! Why not make Yonge Street a two way street, give us broader sidewalks instead of it being the longest parking lot in the world? We need a Shirtless Jogger to walk up Yonge Street every day and yell at the idiots who sit and idle their cars.
DirtyT replying to a comment from Sven / July 8, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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Sven,

Nobody's talking about total "parity". We're talking about some level of culpability being thrust upon the cyclist who recklessly endangers themselves and others.

Surely you're not arguing that that cyclist should be immune to any level of culpability simply because the cyclist isn't the MOST dangerous thing on the road?
Ben replying to a comment from Abe / July 8, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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Nobody is saying only drivers need to be educated. When laws are broken and accidents happen, the potential for harm is greater with a car.

Pretending cars and bikes are the same is magical thinking.



justin / July 8, 2014 at 01:35 pm
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I'm a bike messenger downtown. Bike lanes will help a bit but not much. There's A LOT of stupid ignorant humans in this city and A LOT of them drive cars and/or ride bikes. The motorist vs cyclist war is stupid and will never end, as long as there's stupid people on each side. If there's someone parked in the bike lane, shutup and go around and continue on with your life. If a cyclist blows through a red, who cares its his/her life not yours.

Stop whinning and move on. It'll never end, ever. Get over it.
Sven replying to a comment from DirtyT / July 8, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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Cyclists are subject to the same rules set out in the the Highway Traffic Act and they're subject to the same fines as cars. Can't fault cyclists if TPS are more concerned with cars breaking the law because they're more dangerous.

Bike cops often ignore stop signs and routinely go down one way streets the opposite way indicate how serious they take those infractions.
DirtyT replying to a comment from Sven / July 8, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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I'm sorry, you can't fault a bicyclist for not following the rules of the road simply because they're not enforced???

ummmm.. Absolutely you can fault a cyclist for being an asshat.. Now, I return your original question to you.. What's wrong with you?
Ray replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Why are you targeting people who work as baristas and ride bikes?
Lol some one is a little butt hurt just because they cant ride a bicycle. Not to mention enforcing stereotypes and being generally closed minded.
Let cyclists have safer roads, segregated bike lanes and stricter rules applied for drivers who break the '1 metre' rule. Otherwise we will end up like people like you; injured, wasting gas, and butt hurt.
Sven replying to a comment from DirtyT / July 8, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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You're misreading my post, brah. That's my problem.
Gee / July 8, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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Something like 90% of the driving age population in North America holds a driver's license.
The idea that all those cyclists are ripping around the city and should have a special bicycle license is funny. Only a driver who has never ridden a bicycle thinks that people on bicycles are so different than they are. Get over the fact that people ride bikes, and the vast majority of them are car drivers as well. Too bad more more driver's don't see what kind of crap people on bikes go through just to ride around the city, they'd change their tune fast. If the state of car infrastructure was as bad as for cycling, driver's wouldn't stand for it. Why should cyclists?
DirtyT / July 8, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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Ahhhhh.. You're not claiming that ONE cannot fault a cyclist. You're claiming that the police cannot fault a cyclist when they are too busy with drivers.

Am I right?
ClassyTO / July 8, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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I think it's really classy of you all to attack someone with mobility issues simply for expressing their point of view. Really proud to be a Torontonian today! Is there anyone here with down syndrome we can bash as well? Maybe the mentally ill should be told they're whiny too? Classy Toronto, classy.
jeff replying to a comment from JR / July 8, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Pedestrian control signals - don't walk
(27) No pedestrian approaching pedestrian control signals and facing a solid or flashing "don't walk" indication shall enter the roadway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 144 (27).

http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/68/101000049368.html

There thing is a large portion of the times people ARE blocking the road after the countdown is over too. It is dangerous and stupid for pedestrians to do without checking for traffic first. I am pretty sure the above would apply to ticket people crossing when the countdown says 5 seconds or whatever. I know they have done blitzes before for it.
justcuz / July 8, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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I don't believe people were attacking someone with mobility issues because they were expressing their opinion. People are taking issue with the fact that the opinion was ill informed, and the tone was entitled and whiny.
A bicycle is not a toy. For many of us it is our sole form of commuting.
A car parking in our bike lane is like a healthy person parking in a disabled parking spot. It will take education,fines and perhaps separated spaces, to get people to change their bad habits.
drsjdprince / July 8, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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I used to get annoyed that drivers flagrantly park in cycle lanes, but the more I cycle in Toronto, the more I've come round to the opinion that as a community we pretty much deserve this treatment. Cyclists in Toronto behave terribly -- thinking nothing of riding on the pavement, cycling through red lights, not stopping at stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the street, riding the wrong way down one way streets, cycling with no lights etc. etc.

Seriously, one of the best things for cycling in Toronto would be for the police to crack down on cyclists. How can we seriously expect car drivers to behave themselves when we behave so badly ourselves?
Bill replying to a comment from I smell but don't care / July 8, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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Yes. Everyone would be better behaved if they smelled like piss.
Rob Ford / July 8, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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Interesting...so it's legal to use crack in a bike lane. The Best Criminal Lawyer in the World™ agrees! Yahoo!
lulu replying to a comment from LuLu Lemonhead / July 8, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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I'm a driver, stop making assumptions. I don't want tickets, if I got one for $500 I wouldn't park there. If the system relies on enforcement, consider paying the enforcers to ensure they do it. As a tax payer I don't want to pay for biking infrastructure, but if the people breaking the rules are the ones to pay for the infrastructure, then who can complain. If you don't want to pay, then don't obstruct the bike lane. It's really not a stupid system, not really sure why you're such an insufferable troll.
Little Fury replying to a comment from drsjdprince / July 8, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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We expect drivers to behave themselves because they are in control of 2 tons of steel and plastic hurtling along at 50 km/h. What a specious comparison.

first / July 8, 2014 at 03:41 pm
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I love how drivers have respect for someone with MS but children on cycles do not.
I have been hit by cyclists multiple times because they want 'revenge' on someone who parked in the precious bike lane.
I can not physically walk the distance from a disabled parking spot to my medical appointments. It is PHYSICALY IMPOSIBLE FOR ME. Ask my doctors, all 8 of them.
I have cleared displayed my permit. I have a *VALID* *LEGAL* *PERMIT* allowing me to park where I need to in order to get to my required medical visits.
again a *VALID* *LEGAL* *PERMIT* issued to me for the purpose to park in nearly any location INCLUDING lanes of traffic and bike lanes.

My car has been vandalized multiple times by cyclists who are clearly children and have had garbage hit me from said children while calling me names for parking in the bike lane.
If a driver hits my car, I have recourse. When children on toys damage my car I have to sit and wait in pain for a tow truck to tow me away at *MY* expense.
I have even been purposely knocked down to the ground into on coming traffic by an aggressive cyclist because I parked in HIS lane. Drivers/others were very helpful in helping me get out of the road while cyclists called me names while I was bleeding on the roadway.


So much for compassion from these children.

CyclistAndDriver / July 8, 2014 at 03:43 pm
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Anyone stating that either drivers or cyclists are to blame are looking at this completely wrong. We need to educate and enforce, all sides, including pedestrians. People break the law, they need to be punished, and that's that.
Ursula replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 04:01 pm
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Poor unfortunate soul.
Brent replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 04:05 pm
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Calling cyclists children isn't going to win you any friends.

Respect is a two-way street.
Elaine Benes replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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Get out!!!
LuLu Lemonhead replying to a comment from lulu / July 8, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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Your stupidity is astounding if you really think your idea is even remotely viable, but I doubt you'd understand if I tried to explain to you why, as clearly you have little understanding of how money works.
first replying to a comment from Brent / July 8, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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Tell me this agian when you are knocked to the ground by a child on a toy for parking where you are *LEGALY* allowed to.

Brent replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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A child on a toy?! Too funny, guy.
IF YOUR SO WORRIED ABOUT YOUR SAFETY / July 8, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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As an avid cyclist I have one message for other cyclists, TAKE THE EAR BUDS OUT! It's very dangerous to ride listening to music or podcasts. TAKE THE EAR BUDS OUT WHILE RIDING.
Maud Flanders replying to a comment from first / July 8, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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Why are you harassing children on toys? Won't somebody please think of the children.
Officer Rich as F*#k replying to a comment from lulu / July 8, 2014 at 05:24 pm
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Let us do the math on this one. Since this is such a prevalent problem in the city, we'll assume I write 10 tickets a day to vehicles blocking bike lanes:

$250 x 10 = $2,500 "incentive" A DAY, just for doing a job I'm paid to do anyway. 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year = $650,000 (on top of my base salary, of course).

Since the other half goes directly to cycling infrastructure under your plan, the City (and therefore you as the taxpayer) is 100% on the hook paying for my vehicle, gas, maintenance and equipment so I can drive around all day enriching myself.

Sign me up!

Free Parking / July 8, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Looks like I better get my cardboard "On Delivery" sign ready for this.
Steven / July 8, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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Look at the cyclist on the picture. NO HELMET!

Cyclists must be licenced and insured too, for their safety and to pay for their paint lines on the roads.
Abi / July 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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No way we don't need no stinking painted lines or helmets. We're free to ride, free to roam...
FELLOW CYCLISTS!! / July 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm
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Take the ear buds out! I know its fun and simple to listen to music or a podcast while riding BUT ITS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DON'T RIDE WITH YOUR EARBUDS IN!
John Spragge replying to a comment from first / July 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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One solution for people with mobility issues is to provide disabled parking spots with personal mobility (electric) scooters available to rent. This would certainly provide greater safety than the dubious option of parking in a bike lane, which forces the driver to get out of the car directly into the high speed heavy vehicle lane.
sort of funny topical name / July 14, 2014 at 10:01 am
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Without enforcement laws are pointless, like downloading movies and music or using your cellphone while driving.
the lemur replying to a comment from Steven / July 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
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Helmets aren't required for adults. Try to keep up.

Licensing and insurance won't do anything for safety, and the cost of it sure as hell doesn't pay for the paint on the roads. Same as with drivers.
keep calm and pass on the left. / July 14, 2014 at 10:45 am
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I'm a cyclist, I support bike lanes, but crying over a car being in your lane is a bit ridiculous. You never know what the story is. I don't have a problem with deliveries. pass on the left. it isn't hard. all vehicles are some times faced with traffic. Cyclists; we are not immune.
keep calm and pass on the left. replying to a comment from Anti-Hipster / July 14, 2014 at 10:47 am
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also if anti-hipster is older than 15 his parents have failed him.
the lemur replying to a comment from first / July 14, 2014 at 10:47 am
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Hmm, it doesn't look like the city by-laws allow you to PARK in a bike lane just because you have a disabled permit. Stop and load/unload, yes.

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/1184_886.pdf

§ 886-10. Operation and stopping of vehicles restricted.3
A. Subject to § 886-11, no person shall operate a vehicle other than a bicycle in any bicycle lane except for the purpose of:
(1) Ingress to or egress from a private lane or driveway adjacent to the bicycle lane;
(2) Making a turn at a highway intersecting the bicycle lane;
(3) Entering or exiting a curb lane used for parking;
(4) *Loading or unloading of a person with a disability, while actively engaged in doing so*;
(5) Operating a school bus while actively engaged in picking up or dropping off school children; or
(6) Operating a taxicab while actively engaged in loading or unloading of passengers.
B. Despite § 886-10A, no person operating a vehicle in a bicycle lane for the purposes set out in § 886-10A shall operate a vehicle in the lane for a distance exceeding 45 metres. [Amended 2007-06-22 by By-law No. 665-2007]
C. Subject to § 886-10A(4), (5) and (6), no person shall stop a vehicle other than a bicycle in a bicycle lane.
§ 886-11. Exemptions.
Section 886-10 does not apply to the following vehicles:
A. Ambulances, police or fire service vehicles or any other vehicle actively engaged in responding to an emergency; or
B. Vehicles actually and actively engaged in works undertaken for or on behalf of:
(1) The City, the Toronto Transit Commission or a public transit agency authorized to operate in the City; or
(2) A public utility, including utilities providing telecommunications, energy, water supply or wastewater related services.

keep calm and pass on the left. replying to a comment from Jeff / July 14, 2014 at 10:58 am
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whoa whoa whoa. what is wrong with going through with two or three seconds? a green is a green until its a yellow.

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