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Extra, Extra: Riding a Bike in a Bike Lane, Weekend Subway Shutdowns, and Rosedale Station’s Graffiti Makeover

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • Whether you (a) have never tried riding a bike in a bike lane and could use some insight, (b) often ride your bike in a bike lane and would like to commiserate with someone, or (c) would like to get a sense of how many large vehicles there are in this city that like to hug curbs, you’ll doubtless find something to interest you in the YouTube video presented above.
  • “All trains on Line 2: Bloor-Danforth will turn back westbound at Woodbine Station.” This piece of information from the TTC is useful because it provides us with information that might affect our travel plans on May 24 and 25 and because it reminds us that we’re all supposed to be getting comfortable with the idea that the Bloor-Danforth line is now called “Line 2.”
  • Rosedale Station has a certain restrained and understated charm. It’s the kind of charm, we feel, that is not in any way enhanced by the addition of giant, black, probably spray-painted bubble letters.

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  • Rob

    I do not own a car or a bike so I am neutral here… But one thing the city has not done is to educate everyone as to how the bike lanes are allowed to be used. For instance you can stop in many “no parking zones” to unload, you can park a handicapped tagged car in some no parking zones… so if there is a bike lane on the right of the street and a taxi needs to stop to pick up a elderly lady with a walker does he stop in the car lane and have her cross the bike lane? or can he block the bike lane to pick her up? When you get near an intersection and there is a right turn lane but a bikelane separates it from the traffic lane you are turning right, do you stay in the car lane and then do an extra wide turn over the bike lane to turn when it is blocked by those busses? No one ever says anything about what you are supposed to do.. Even with the Taxi lanes if you were turning right you are allowed in them a certain distance from an intersection to make your turn safely. Is it the same with bike lanes? If not what if a disabled person on wheel trans lives on a bikelane street do the have to be dropped off a block away from their home because of the bike lane? I just want to know the rules.

    • ExcessOfConstraint

      If you want to know the rules then look them up. All the laws are public.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Should you look them up while behind the wheel?

        • ExcessOfConstraint

          What a silly question. If you’re driving without knowledge of basic road rules, then get off the road. That is your DUTY as a driver.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Today I watched someone drive a block before realizing, thanks to an oncoming car in the only lane, that he was going the wrong way on a one way street. Knowing the rules in the abstract won’t stop you making mistakes, particularly when you don’t see the sign, with even the most basic rules (or it’s the first time you’ve encountered it, easily done given Toronto’s 17 kinds of bike lane).

          • TheSotSays

            Get a life

          • ExcessOfConstraint

            The basic rules, in pretty much all of Toronto’s bike lanes, are “Don’t stop in the bike lane”. If drivers can’t figure that out, then they shouldn’t be driving.

          • torontothegreat

            Just ignore the troll.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Make up your mind, are they supposed to look up the rules ahead of time, or “figure it out” when they encounter it? Because I don’t think there are any signs to help the latter scenario, as there should be. The city is half-assing bike lanes in every conceivable way.

          • flashman

            Jesus. Exactly.

      • Rob

        Except if you read my post – first line, “I DO NOT OWN A CAR OR A BIKE” I am just saying there are probably thousands of road laws.. when you start butting in new things such as bike lanes… it may help to educate people…

        • ExcessOfConstraint

          Yes, you don’t own a car or a bike.

          How does that invalidate looking up the laws?

  • Cindy

    You should be able to pick up and drop off in the bike lane just no standing there. I also have no problems with those cars making a right at Sherbourne and Bloor. The thing is you need to be aware as the video author said that you are in the bike lane. So don’t just pull in or out of the lane without taking extra care as bikes are hard to see.
    Parking in the lane is just being a slob and endangering other people.

  • torontothegreat

    That’s interesting that the author of the video seems totally unaware of the Exemptions

    • KRoberts

      I don’t think those cop cars were “actively engaged in responding to an emergency”

      • torontothegreat

        Please explain how you know this? The scientific community would be VERY interested in finding someone with a telepathic mind such as yours!

        Also mentioned were TTC and construction – Also exempted. But you knew that, amarite?!

      • flashman

        They don’t need to be. The “or” applies to “any other vehicle.”