Photo from the official Joe Pantalone For Mayor Facebook page.
Three’s a trend! In July, a George Smitherman volunteer caught a Joe Pantalone campaign car parked in a bike lane on Harbord Street. In August, a woman caught a Rob Ford campaign truck parked over a bike lane on Annette Street. And now, someone’s caught a George Smitherman campaign truck stopped in a bike lane on Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street. The photo, taken by a Ryerson student, was posted by Pantalone’s team on Monday afternoon to the candidate’s Facebook page.
Erika Mozes, a spokesperson for the Smitherman campaign, told Torontoist that the driver of the truck was “parked in the lane for less than a minute—they were unloading a few things from the truck, [and] then it was moved.”
When the Pantalone smart car was snapped on Harbord, that defense was more or less the same as what Pantalone spokesperson Mike Smith offered the Sun, telling the paper at the time that the car was only stopped where it was for “thirteen seconds,” and that the Smitherman campaign ‘has nothing better to do than take surreptitious photos of peoples’ parking habits….I don’t know what kind of campaign they are running over there.'” (Ford’s truck, it should be mentioned, was parked where it was for an hour.)
“It is frivolous,” Smith admits to Torontoist now that the roles have reversed, “but it’s also funny.” And, he adds, “it actually gives me some insight into why Smitherman made such a big deal out of the picture: they weren’t upset that we were inconveniencing cyclists…they were apparently upset at it not being done well enough. And here we see an example of how you should do it. You should do it with a really big-ass vehicle, and you should park it there, as opposed to pull it over in the lane, and you should make sure a cyclist is coming.”
Thanks to Justin Stayshyn for the tip.