LEVY: Where have all the cyclists gone? Underground, of course!

Bike Lanes – another stupid idea by stupid communists

TORONTO — For 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon — in -13C weather — I watched and waited and waited on snowy Bloor St.

By the time I was done, I counted 11 diehard cyclepaths — six heading eastbound and five westbound on the highly-contentious Bloor St. bike lanes.

It was the same number of businesses that have gone under since the bike lanes were first put in place in the summer of 2016 and made official in early November, says Doug Miller, of Doug Miller Books.

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  • Clink9

    Toronto is dead to me. I was born there and lived my first 31 years there.

    Hideous place to get around.

    • It’s gotten far worse.

      • Clink9

        And so horribly ugly near the waterfront with all the crappy condos. Totally unlivable compared to other large cities in the world.

        • Jaedo Drax

          Years ago we heard from the leftoids on council that it was vitally important to take down the gardner because it isolated the waterfront from the rest of the city. Somehow the condos that pay into their slush funds don’t block the city from the waterfront.

          • Clink9

            So true. It’s so bad down there who would notice if the Gardner was gone.

        • greenface

          If you walk (cycle) around Parkdale – a junkie-filled den of losers which was a holiday resort until they built the Gardner – you can see lots of beautiful, albeit run-down houses. They truly must have wrecked the entire city building that thing.

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            I’ll trade Parkdale junkies for Vancouver junkies anytime.

            Do a tour of the Hastings and Main area of Vancouver and you’ll really appreciate what you have there.

            This is what it looks like on a good day and the city even shuts down streets so the junkies can sell their mostly stolen shit on the street.

            http://www.vancouversun.com/Junk+market+mayhem+Locals+livid+Vancouver+plans+push+vendors+east/11031493/story.html

            http://www.forgetthebox.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/heroin-alley-vancouver.jpg

          • terrence22

            Don’t even think about going down the back alleys in that area – apparently they are very well used outdoor bathrooms and shoot up sites (and they do not get cleaned)

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            It’s still open toilets and shoot up but the alleys are a hell of a lot cleaner then they were in the 90’s. You can actually see the pavement now.

          • Blood alley as I recall.

          • I lived there’)

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            They built a condo right next door to the Regent Hotel of all places.

            http://www.sequel138.com

            You couldn’t give me one of those for free let alone the $250,000 asking price for the smaller ones.

            Balmoral finally got condemned as well.

          • OMG! That’s hilarious! The Balmoral was a awful place, One night a friend and I stopped in, the manager came over and said look I know you guys are cops, let me know if anything is going down. What a hole.

          • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

            I worked at the Regent and did a few shifts at the Balmoral.
            That wasn’t me though, everyone around the area thinks I’m a cop.

            lol

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAaFnKTk–8

        • Justin St.Denis

          Give it a decade for bad maintenance to have its usual deleterious effects and Toronto’s downtown core is going to look like it is sliding into outright dereliction.

        • DMB
          • Clink9

            They think it’s cute.
            Make it undriveable and don’t build subways.

      • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

        I only go back to Toronto to drink and eat.

        I’m way to acclimatized to west coast weather to deal with the winters and humidity there and christ almighty does Lake Ontario ever stink
        after your nose hasn’t been near it for a few years.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Just wait until the subway explosion happens. Then the next.

  • Allan

    Social Justice environmental fascists at it again. “Let’s not promote businesses and jobs, let’s just make sure a few cyclists have a path to bike on as they go by closed businesses.” Great thinking there you asshats.

  • greenface

    There is still parking beside the cycle paths and there are plenty of closed stores further west on Bloor where there is no cycle path.

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      Business is still plummets when bike lanes pop up though.

      • greenface

        that Factory Direct they’re moaning about was a glorified dollarama, selling end of line tat.

        • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

          Smaller stores long bike routes suffer as well.

          • greenface

            As I said, and I’m on Bloor West right now, plenty of small stores have closed after Shaw, where the bike path stops. I expect the rents are an issue as well.

  • simus1

    When a “world class city” gives in to a few rent seeking moronic agitators on bicycles, people should start to wonder what happens when rent seekers with real clout behind them seek a looter’s permit to skin the city’s overburdened taxpayers wholesale.

    • I will no longer drive on King St. Not worth the hassle, nor will I patronize it as a pedestrian.

      • Jaedo Drax

        King Street hasn’t been drive-able for as long as i can remember with the rolling road blocks that are mostly empty outside of 2 hours each morning and afternoon.

        • But now the rolling road blocks have been given right of way, you have to turn off King after a block or risk a hefty fine and two demerit points.

  • deplorabledave

    Yesterday at a four way stop the idiot car driver in front of me let the two cyclists run the stop sign and pass in front of him. Twits like him piss me off as much as the cyclists as they condone and perpetuate the idea that cyclists are not beholden to the same laws as vehicle drivers. GRRRRR

  • john davis

    What Sue Ann Levy doesn’t mention is that it is this cold because of the cyclists. Without them, it would be warmer……….

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Same crap in Vancouver where the weather rarely dips below 8 degrees in the winter.

    They also have tons of these 40 feet long bike rental stalls set up on the street further reducing parking spots as well and virtually nobody uses them even in the summer.
    When this whole bike lane thing started they created a test lane on one of the major bridges and posted people at each end to count the number of people who used it
    all the hardcore bikers did was recruit people on Facebook and Reddit to spend a few hours riding back and forth across the bridge to create fake numbers.

    • Linda1000

      Same in Calgary, bike lanes outside of the downtown core are never used. Mostly bike couriers use the bike lanes in the downtown core I suppose but they hardly ever follow any rules of the road so not even sure about that.

    • terrence22

      Yeah, but mayor MOONBEAM is saving the planet with his endless WAR ON CARS, and pedestrians. His silly hall has some special snow cleaners that can be used on sidewalks, but not until all the endlessly EMPTY bike lanes are cleared.

  • kkruger71

    How anyone could think permanant bike lanes are not going to cause issues in a climate where it’s too cold to bike 4-6 months of the year is beyond me.

    • Surele Surele

      problem is, the only thinking is in line with the most vocal group. As the rest of us is busy working, activists have all the time to put pressure on the City Hall. (I realize that I’m stating the obvious, but have to vent somehow). I am an enthusiastic biker, but would never ride Toronto streets. It’s off road, North of TO for me. Last year I visited Helsinki, Finland and was amazed how well the city is run. Bike lanes are located on sidewalks, not impending vehicular traffic or street parking at all.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Toronto city council had the SUPERBRIGHT IDEA of separating the bike lanes from vehicular traffic with virtually invisible painted-white metal poles bolted to the pavement. So tasteful! They disappear in the urban drear of a Toronto summer’s day, and they match up perfectly with the colours of dirty snow during the winter months. Lord knows how many tourists wondered “What the hell are they for!?!?” after taking one or more out while trying to park. Any other city council would have thought to paint these stupid things a CAUTION color, but not Mayor Milquetoast’s city council!

      • Watchman

        Virtue Signalling trumps utility or safety. The current unrestricted immigration into Western countries is proof of that as well as its widespread belief.

  • Alain

    The big issue for me is that drivers are forced to pay for all this priveledge granted to cyclists. The cyclists get a free ride at the expense of others. Cyclists should have the same requirements as drivers: pay a yearly license and carry insurance in order to ride on public roads, special lanes or not.

    • Surele Surele

      Agree. We had it in Poland. Had to pass a sort of driving license test, short version, theory only and pay annual fee for bicycle license to be able to drive in the city.

      • Alain

        What about insurance?

        • Surele Surele

          Don’t remember, but don’t think there was any. Or, perhaps it was included in the annual fee, paid to the City.

  • tom_billesley

    New York as dual use lanes: cycles and jihad trucks.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41837386

  • Alain

    All this is another aspect of the UN’s Agenda 21 being implemented. It works by bypassing sovereign governments and dealing directly with municipalities.

  • John

    Montréal is the worst for all this. Some people here like to think the city is ‘european’ and you just can’t be ‘european’ without shitloads of bikepaths planted right in the midst of busy 6 and 8 lane streets. Several cyclists get killed in traffic every year. After every death one of those white ghost cyclists is erected in commemoration. The bike lanes are mostly just painted lines on pavement with no physical barriers, and so is it any wonder they keep getting run over. I cycle myself, but never venture out on busy streets because all the noise traffic and pollution kinda defeats the whole purpose of cycling…and it can kill.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Downtown joggers are the epitome of stupid, aren’t they? I can’t count the number I witnessed bite the dust mid-run during my years living in Toronto.

  • Justin St.Denis

    There was a time when “Stick it where the sun don’t shine” did not mean “leave it somewhere along Bay Street”. Sad

  • Jay Harper

    This idiocy is building steam in Victoria. I rarely go downtown, but last Friday I was Christmas shopping and was stunned by all the new bike lanes. I counted only 7 bikes the entire day, four near the Johnson St Bridge.