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A group is campaigning to get rid of bike lanes on several major Toronto streets

A not-for-profit organization in Toronto is campaigning to remove several dedicated bike lanes on major roads across the city. 

Keep Toronto Moving is comprised of Toronto residents who "believe there are better ways for our city's vehicles and bikes to coexist on our roads."

The group firmly maintains that they are not "anti-bike," and believe that "dedicated bike lanes are a great idea — just not on Toronto's busiest and most congested streets." 

The organization believes that when executed correctly, bike lanes keep cyclists, motorists and pedestrians safe. At the same time, the group suggests that the city's congestion is made worse by badly executed lanes that make commuting more difficult and dangerous. 

"Permanent bike lane installations along our major arteries do not make sense," the group's website reads. 

A recent petition by the organization calls on the city's mayoral candidates to agree to remove the dedicated bike lanes causing the most issues on major roads. 

The organization specifically lists bike lanes on Bloor Street (including Bloor West Village), Danforth Avenue, Eglinton Avenue (proposed), Sheppard Avenue (proposed), University Avenue, and Yonge Street. 

The group alleges that according to a poll by Discover-Navigator, a significant proportion of Toronto residents "report being negatively affected by the increase in dedicated bike lanes in Toronto." 

Despite their claims, some people on social media didn't seem to believe that the poll was entirely accurate after discovering its sample size. 

Several people refuted the group's claims, including one note that suggests EMS vehicle response times are being made worse by congestion. 

Others didn't agree with the group's overall objective and suggested that dedicated bike lanes work to keep both cyclists and motorists safe. 

"When done wrong, bike lanes increase traffic congestion while bringing new stresses to road users, residents and neighbourhoods," the group writes. 

"Ill-conceived bike lanes endanger cyclists and pedestrians. They hurt retailers and restaurants. They transform once-quiet residential streets into congested feeder routes between major thoroughfares, which themselves become gridlocked no-go zones." 

Lead photo by

Jeremy Gilbert

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