The bike lane designers were nice enough to give us poles and paint, but it doesn't matter - drivers never get it.
By Ben Bull
Published June 07, 2016
That moment you realize you've been caught on camera doing something you shouldn't...
I was cruising on my bike along Adelaide Street, Toronto, when I got snapped by a Toronto Star photographer.
Ben Bull weaving around a car blocking the Adelaide bike lane as a police officer issues a ticket (Image Credit: Todd Korol/Toronto Star)
I was lucky - If the lens had shuttered two seconds earlier I would have had a vastly different look on my face.
Bike lane blockers are my nemesis. This idiot had the nerve to tuck himself right between the plastic poles. "Get out of the f------ way!" I screamed before weaving into the road and wheeling on my way.
Ever since the bike lanes opened along Richmond and Adelaide, I've been having to spill out into traffic, pedalling for my life. The designers were nice enough to give us poles and paint, but it doesn't matter - drivers never get it.
The biggest issue is the intersections: Cars don't know when to turn, so they wait until we cyclists are right up on their bonnet before yanking the wheel around.
My preferred route to work avoids these lanes at all costs - even though they're on my way. Instead I use a section of pavement and 200 yards of wrong way street.
Ah...Just another day biking through the streets of Toronto.
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