I don't know why a law abiding cyclist would defend rule breakers who give the entire community a bad reputation. It's good to find a cyclist who understands this. Red light runners and sidewalk cyclists need to be policed if we're going to all get along.
The way to explain this is to make a comparison to driving. If you wouldn't do it when driving, don't do it when cycling, with few exceptions many drivers do anyway, like rolling stops for stop signs...*sometimes* when there's absolutely no affected traffic. I actually get quite vocal with some cyclists, as I would as a driver. Not one cyclist yet has responded to my tirades, because they know they're in the wrong. We'll discuss this further in another forum, you've made some excellent comments.
It will be a YES or NO question that is brought to City Council which makes me nervous.
CP24 had a pretty good report last night, TorStar has a very poorly written and researched article running today. You and some other posters provide details not yet appearing in the media, and crucial ones. You've now got me "nervous" too.
As I left she turned to me and cheerfully said that the progressives on Council just won another vote with the election of Neethan Shan in Ward 42, replacing Raymond Cho.
It's been years...dammit, decades...since I've spoken to Pam. She's got an incredible heart, even if she is on the meek side. She's very well-intentioned. I'm a radical, vocal centrist, but if I had to choose between left and right on council, I'd defer to the left as so many right wingers are reactionary, not rational right. It's left this city languishing in the past, almost unable to embrace change. When Mississauga is more progressive than Toronto, you know there's a serious problem.
Now she presents a list with a bunch of half assed half measures (including already tried-and-failed options) and spends more time yapping about pedestrians and sidewalks than transit. Hijacked indeed.
Ouch. I have hopes for Keesmaat, will discuss further later, but perhaps by trying too hard, and being too effervescent, she's been all over the map on this issue and others, and changed her view too many times.I get the gist of her direction, but her tweets and quotes are contradictory and ambiguous in many cases.
Did she already forget how badly she got destroyed on the Gardiner file?
Tory certainly muzzled her on that one. That story might yet see Tory flip flop.
the option that gives full transit priority (the one that retains through traffic as well) fails a lot of other transit friendly measures too.
Yeah....sigh....I see all the presented options as being nebulous in many respects. I see a number of posters with the same bottom-line concern that I have: Given the chance, many drivers will ignore painted lines and/or bollards, and it's not just taxis.
The ones with improved public realms allow for some farside streetcar stops as well, which improve travel times above the existing nearside transit stops. It also prevents direct street to streetcar boarding level, instead requiring people to continue to risk crossing live traffic lanes to board the streetcar. Nevermind the absolute crapshoot that the single remaining vehicle lane would be.
This is one of the issues, at least in the 'trial stage' that is doomed to indicate shortcomings of a model that done right, would succeed. I'm in the minority on stating that the Bloor cycle lanes are not only a bad model, but dangerous and not conducive to good cycling protocol, mostly because it's such a poorly implemented temporary test. And I'm getting the distinct impression that as proposed, the King 'test' is potentially the same set of failures, and then being judged on that as being a failure of concept, when *many*....*multitudes* of other cities have done it close to as well as can be done, and they're great successes. Why are Torontonians, Canadians in general, so unable to look at others' models and state: "They've got a model already tried and tested that we can tweak to our own needs"? That's one of the great facets of Americans getting things right in many cases. "Hey, they did a great job on that in Lower Slobovia, we can do it and do it even better if we study their model and improve on it."
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