Posted by Tim Stobbs on May 29, 2009
Ah, Toronto the city of so many problems now has another one. The car is losing the war to the humble bike (see here if you aren’t familiar with the background). Basically the plan is to reduce a five lane street down to make room for dedicated bike lanes.
I have to admit, I understand the car drivers fustration. They have had years of development focused solely on cars. For example, almost every big box store complex is based at you driving between stores and lots of parking in between. So now to find their interests on the back burner would be a sort of shocking experience.
The reality is I understand the need for change. People won’t do things unless you make it easy. So by trying to make taking a bike to work easier than a car is a useful exercise if you want to reduce the number of cars on the road. Reduce pollution, ease traffic by shifting people to bikes and get healthier people all in one shot. No wonder they are doing this.
The issue for the drivers is change is hard. It isn’t easy getting second place when you been on top for so long. If you don’t believe me, ask GM. They went from first to a walking government controlled zombie in record time.
So do you agree with the idea of making biking easier in big cities or not?