Drivers for Jarvis!
Cyclists aren't the only people who care about the Jarvis Street bike lanes. Drivers care too.
At its July 2011 meeting, City Council voted to remove the bicycle lanes on Jarvis Street and reinstall the reversible fifth lane, despite the fact that there was no consultation with the public or the local Councillor. Since then, Cycle Toronto has been working to save the Jarvis Street bike lanes.
First, we held a rally and ride which saw approximately 1,500 cyclists take to the streets to protest Council's decision.
Earlier this year, we revealed the true cost of removing the bike lanes and re-installing the centre lane at over a quarter million dollars. Now, we have launched Drivers for Jarvis to allow Torontonians who drive to show their support for the Jarvis Street bike lanes.
In voting to remove the Jarvis bike lanes, Mayor Ford chose to ignore the facts and the community while making decisions based on an ideology that bikes don’t belong on arterial roads, while creating a false rhetoric of bikes versus cars.
The truth is that this debate is about safety and recognizing that we can share the road for the benefit of all Torontonians. With this in mind, we're launching Drivers for Jarvis to highlight that bike lanes are not a war on the car, they're a way to keep everyone out of each other's way and out of harm's way. Read up on all the reasons to Save Jarvis here!
Are you a driver? Do you support the Jarvis Street bike lanes? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!