Councillors want to allow side-by-side cycling on city streets
Two mid-town Toronto city councillors are trying to get a bylaw repealed. This time, it's the bylaw that requires people on bicycles to ride single-file on city streets.
It was a rule that was carried over from Etobicoke in 1998 prior to amalgamation, but the bylaw which was enacted in 2011 but isn't enforceable yet. It comes with a $60 fine for offenders.
Councillors Karen Stintz and Josh Colle think it can be dangerous at times for cyclists to ride in single-file and Stintz feels there shouldn't be any issue with two cyclists riding side-by-side when there's enough space for cars to safely pass around.
Stintz claims this bylaw is redundant since it's already covered in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
This all came about after a complaint from The Morning Glory Cycling Club, who's 400 members have been pulled over by Toronto police and warned three times for not riding single-file. They usually ride around 5:40 a.m. in both the Leaside and High Park areas. The group has never been fined.
Co-founder of the club, Fraser Chapman claims the safest way to ride in the city is by taking up an entire lane of traffic.
A cycling expert with Toronto Police, Cst. Hugh Smith also believes it is safer for cyclists to ride in pairs, but any more than that and you begin taking up too much room on the road.