Senator Nicole Eaton Hates Toronto's Bike Lanes
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Senator Nicole Eaton Hates Toronto’s Bike Lanes

Is Toronto like a third-world country? This senator thinks so!

Nicole Eaton (front, centre) represents the senate at the United Nations in 2015. (Via Twitter.

Nicole Eaton (front, centre) represents the senate at the United Nations in 2015. (Via Twitter.

We certainly can’t find anyone better to comment on the effectiveness of Toronto’s bike lanes than a wealthy senator. Enter Nicole Eaton.

Notable for her Conservative fundraising, opposition to environmental charities, and calling Canada’s national symbol a “dentally defective rat,” Eaton does not like bike lanes, not one bit.

Oh, wow. We’re not even starting off with the anxiety that we’re not a World Class City. We’re going full third-world country here. This sounds like a person who has perspective! Why is Toronto the equivalent of a third-world country? Let’s find out!

Bike lanes! Even when we thought it was the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, the political unwillingness to adequately fund infrastructure, or crumbling TCHC homes, the culprit was bike lanes all along. How foolish of us. Thank you for setting us straight, Senator Eaton.

Maybe we can install bike lanes and adequately fund our park maintenance plan, because those choices are not mutually exclusive?

Ah yes, ye olde “cyclists don’t pay their fair share” argument (hey, we just published an article about this that the senator can read). And those poor, beleaguered drivers! It’s not like we spend billions on road maintenance and bend over backwards to save two minutes of driver commute time, like on the Gardiner East debate. Nope, that is not enough.

If by “a few bicycle riders” she means more than 1,000, she’s right.

And actually, between Washington Square Park and Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue does have a bike lane. At Madison Square Park, the lane connects with Broadway, where the complete street model has been a huge success at Times Square. So there’s that. New York cyclists want a better cycling network though, and the battle over bike lanes on Fifth and Sixth Avenue continues.

But hey, New York is a World Class City and Toronto is third world.

Thanks for the perspective from above, Senator Eaton!