Bike Collision Rates are Down on Jarvis Street
Submitted by Andrea Garcia on 3 May, 2012 - 15:13
This week the Toronto Cyclists Union obtained a collision review of Jarvis Street. The data, compiled by City Staff in the Transportation Services department, proves that Jarvis Street is now safer for all road users. The motor vehicle-bicycle collision rate has decreased by 29%, while the number of collisions between pedestrians and motor vehicles decreased by 89%. In fact, since the bike lanes were installed, the total number of all reported collisions per year along Jarvis Street has decreased by 23% - this includes drivers, pedestrians and cyclists! This data is even more impressive when we consider that cycling on Jarvis Street has increased by 300% and motor vehicles have remained the same.
“The collision review is another piece of mounting evidence against the decision to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis Street and re-install the reversible lane,” said Andrea Garcia, Director of Advocacy for the Toronto Cyclists Union. Apart from elevating the public safety of all road users, it will cost over a quarter million dollars to reconfigure Jarvis Street. Further, there is a strong likelihood that the City must undertake an Environmental Assessment process prior to any reconfiguration. There is simply no justification for removing these lanes. The street is working fine for everyone. This new information proves that the decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes was purely based on an ideology that bikes don’t belong on arterial roads, rather than evidence-based decision-making and concern for public safety.