Bikes Lanes on Bloor and the Suburbs: On Dependency and Freedom from Cars

Those of you who don’t live in Toronto are unaware, but a previously unfathomable thing came to pass on Wednesday. Toronto City Council voted in favour of a pilot project for bike lanes on one of Toronto’s major (if not the major) thoroughfares, Bloor Street. The rallying call of “Bike Lanes on Bloor” from cyclists … More Bikes Lanes on Bloor and the Suburbs: On Dependency and Freedom from Cars

The Publicly-Funded Convenience of Cars

Like most issues, people engage with transportation mainly in an individualistic way. Hence most “debate” about transportation infrastructure, as in this¬†predictable piece, merely amounts to recounting a set of personal anecdotes such as seeing cyclists riding on sidewalks, without extrapolating any broader insights beyond expressing one’s peevishness. Maybe this is just systemic – people are … More The Publicly-Funded Convenience of Cars

Do Cyclists Pay for Drivers’ Use of Toronto Roads?

The insinuation that cyclists do not pay for roads (with the further implication that motorists are paying for cyclists’ use of roads) is a well-worn refrain from motorists who are unenthusiastic, to say the least, about sharing the roads with bicycles. The main thrust of the cyclists-are-freeloaders argument stems from the notion that roads are … More Do Cyclists Pay for Drivers’ Use of Toronto Roads?