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Jarvis Bike Lane Removal Proceeding, Despite Technical Difficulties and an Arrest

Protests managed to slow the removal, but it's still happening.

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Protesters succeeded in delaying the removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes by blocking stripe-removal vehicles with their bodies yesterday, but the latest word from the City is that the project is proceeding—though it hasn’t been without glitches.

NOW Magazine reports that Tomislav Svoboda, a physician and cycling advocate, was arrested this morning near Jarvis and Shuter Streets. He was sitting in the bike lane to prevent it from being removed, and refused to step onto the sidewalk when police asked him to.

Also, one of the trucks that the City’s contractor has been using to power-wash the bike lane away broke down this afternoon and is in the shop for repairs. A City spokesperson tells us that there are other trucks at work on the lanes, but wouldn’t give us an estimate of how long it will take to finish the work.

UPDATE: November 14, 2012, 9:45 AM City spokesperson Steve Johnston tells us that the plan is to have the lanes completely removed by November 26.

Additional photos are available here.

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