Bike Culture Archive Toronto & Beyond 2003-2012.
Photography by Martin Reis and Hamish Wilson.
They were just put there for the election.
I have also fumed privately about those disappearing bike lanes while taking that route in the last few months. They disappeared not soon after being put it from my own recollection, and I agree with Darren that these were put there for the election. Wasn't it a week prior?
I think it may have to do with the quality of paint used. Notice the stencils are still there ...sad.
Same thing happened on Cosburn two years ago...bad paint.
I've never been particularly fond of that route anyhow 'cept when you get to wave to Derek. Too short! I'll go a few blocks north to Davenport anyday... best lane in the city IMO
rob ford erased them. yup, with a huge pencil eraser. in a telephone call with him on Monday, he said he's not a fan of bike lanes because they don't make the roads safer for cyclist. he's all for the elevated bike-only lane they have in europe... its a safe political move to recommend something for TO cyclists that will never fly. a self proclaimed cylist..."yeah, i'm a cyclist... when its nice out i pack up the family put the bikes on caravan rack and we drive to the park"
I use Harbord daily and also noticed this. The signs are still there, so I assumed that the paint just faded.
Quite telling. Maybe the hope is that we disappear too. Councillor Mcconnell is usually pretty good about getting the lanes repainted in her ward. Might be worth a call to the local councillor to see if the give a flying fuck.
Has anyone vexed to officials yet? It's in Pantalonia. The salt and car travel tends to wear off paint everywhere, and at least it's not a mistake set in concrete like on a bit of St. George St.
Funny. On the south side of the Queens Quay in front of the Harbour Castle, the stencils are gone but the lanes remain. Further east the stencils can be unearthed if one looks hard enough. What's more important anyway? A cab stand for hotel users so the hotel can redeploy the old cabstand space for privileged parking or a designated cycle route to confuse the tourists. Warning: this is a trick question and will rise to the fore when the Harbour Castle goes to great lengths to force cyclists and pedestrians to yield right of way to hotel guests using the driveway when the future path is completed.
I just vexed Pants now. Let's hope for at least one flying fuck...but no triple-twist dismounts.Election-time road stripes for sure.
*here's the reply I got from the EA*fyi>>> Henry Chu 3/23/2007 10:50 AM >>>Dear Deputy Mayor Pantalone,Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Today's field inspection has confirmed that the markings have extremely worn over the Winter. We will be restoring the markings tonight, due to tomorrow's rainforcast. Very Best Regards,HenryHenry ChuSupervisor, Operational PlanningSigns & MarkingsTransportation Services Tel: 416-338-4802Fax: 416-338-4800Transportation Services Sign Shop40 Toryork DriveToronto, Ontario M9L 1X6hchu@toronto.ca >>> Allen Pinkerton 3/23/2007 10:21 AM >>>Mike, Further to my conversation with Henry, would you please provide aresponse to Councillor Pantalone. Thanks,Allen>>> Stephen (Transportation) Brown 3/23/2007 8:58 AM >>>Allen could you please review this matter and take appropriate action to resolve. Thanking you in advance.>>> Jason Laszlo 3/23/2007 8:55 AM >>>Hi Stephen, Further to the email below, I also noticed that all the road markings on Harbord from Ossington Ave. east to the bridge at Bickford Park (approx. Grace St.) have vanished. I'd appreciate you please letting usknow when staff can address this important matter. Thanks as always,Jason D. LaszloExecutive Assistant_____________________ Deputy Mayor Joe PantaloneCity of Toronto 416.392.4010 (phone)416.392.4100 (fax) City Hall, 2nd Floor, C-47100 Queen Street WestToronto, ONM5H 2N2Canada
AHHH, the power of the press ...
I just rode on Strachan yesterday... the newest bike lane in the city has almost completely faded too. Not that you really need a bike lane there... makes no difference the way lanes and traffic work out.
Wednesday morning: the bike lane marks have white dot markings in preparation for respraying.
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