Action Alert: Save the Jarvis Bike Lanes

Last July, Toronto City Council voted to remove the Pharmacy, Birchmount and Jarvis bike lanes. While little time was spared in removing the lanes in our ward, it's not too late to Save the Jarvis Bike Lanes.

The following is from a letter sent to us by Cycling Toronto (formerly Toronto Cyclists Union):

Save Jarvis!
Time's running out to save the Jarvis Street bike lanes. It has been more than a year since Toronto City Council voted to remove the bicycle lanes on Jarvis Street and it is now possible to revisit the issue. For this to happen, some of the councillors who originally voted to remove the lanes must have a change of heart. Fortunately, the climate at City Hall is somewhat more flexible now than it was in July 2011, and we are hoping that a few councillors might be persuaded to give their position on this matter a second thought. Removing the lanes is a waste of taxpayer dollars and will make Jarvis Street more dangerous for all road users.

If you live in Ward 35, your councillor, Michelle Berardinetti, voted to remove the lanes. The Jarvis Street bike lanes are scheduled for removal in less than 7 weeks, which doesn't leave us much time. Fortunately, City Council meets this Tuesday and we think Councillor Berardinetti might have a change of heart. We are asking you to write or call Councillor Berardinetti and ask them to reconsider.
ACTION ALERT: Email or Phone Councillor Berardinetti before Tuesday and ask her to save the Jarvis Street bike lanes!



See below for help with wording your message. Make sure to personalize it!

Why is this issue so important?

• Since their installation in 2010, the Jarvis St bike lanes have exploded in popularity. By 2011, nearly 900 cyclists were using the bike lanes, a 300% increase from the year before
• It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to rip up the bike lanes. The City plans to spend $272,000 to remove the bike lanes and turn Jarvis back into a highway, while the cost of installing them in the first place was $86,000
• Jarvis Street is safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers since the installation of the bike lanes. The collision rate between pedestrians and motor vehicles is down by 89%!
• Council voted to remove the bike lanes without due process. Councillor John Parker moved the motion at a meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee without any public consultation
• The recent Coroner’s Report on Cycling Deaths recommended that communities adopt a Complete Streets approach, which focuses on the safety of all road users. Removing these bike lanes, which prioritizes the convenience of cars at the expense of safety for everyone else, is in direct opposition to the Coroner’s recommendations.

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