Last-Ditch Bid to Save Jarvis Bike Lanes Fails
What could be the last attempt to save bike lanes on Jarvis has failed.
A motion from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to keep the lanes was defeated during Tuesday's city council meeting, setting the stage for the lanes to be removed from Jarvis by the end of the year.
The removal of the lanes and the installation of a reversible centre lane on Jarvis will take place once the new separated bike lanes on Sherbourne Street are finished from Bloor to Queen (expected sometime next month).
Her motion to save the lanes on Jarvis and use the savings to speed up construction of separated lanes on Sherbourne from Bloor to Lakeshore failed by a vote of 19-24.
Last year council voted to remove the Jarvis lanes at a cost to taxpayers of over $270, 000. It cost just under $60, 000 to install the lanes.
Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure committee Denzil Minnan-Wong hopes this is the last time bike lanes on Jarvis are addressed.
"When it comes to bicycle lanes it's never over," said Minnan-Wong. "I hope we can move forward now and that the debate over Jarvis Street has come to an end."
"Future bike accidents won't be the fault of the drivers, but the politicians will be to blame," said councillor Mike Layton during debate. "Every time someone gets hit to the concrete from a door or breaks a leg or an arm as they get cut off, you'll be the ones to blame."