‘CARS OVER BIKES’ ONCE WAS A “WAR” IN TORONTO, BUT TIMES ARE CHANGING FOR THE BEST MAYBE

<Photo above – In Toronto cyclists use Pool Noodles for protecting themselves from cars, trucks and drivers. Photo, Twitter – Chris Borkowski. It came to this.> Cycling or walking downtown was once a death-defying feat. Not so much any more. The city launched a three-year plan to upgrade cycling infrastructure by installing the largest single-year expansion of on-street bike lanes in Toronto’s history. At their best cyclists can now travel smoothly, for instance from High Park to Dawes Road without entwining themselves in-and-out of traffic. In Summer/2020 the Bike Share Program added 300 more electric cycles to their fleet. Across Toronto now there are 6,850 rental bikes, 625 new stations and 12,000 docking points. Some advantages for most bikes – 1) Good exercise, 2) Improves the Environment, 3) A possible way to avoid gridlock.

On the other hand, the suburbs aren’t so sure and traffic can be challenging. Cyclists don’t always abide by regulations, and speeding cars can cause mayhem. It depends on the operator. <Info. from Toronto Life, November,2020>