PETITION IN SUPPORT OF SEPARATED BIKE LANES ON ST.GEORGE AND BEVERLEY STREETS

Whereas Montreal, San Francisco, New York and Ottawa have installed bicycle lanes separated from traffic; And whereas bicycle lanes are separated from traffic throughout the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany; And whereas the St. George/Beverley Street bicycle lanes are the most heavily used north and south bicycle lanes in Toronto; And whereas a recent survey found that 66% of Toronto residents and 77% of commuting cyclists want bicycle lanes separated from vehicular traffic; WE THE UNDERSIGNED SUPPORT THE RELOCATION OF THE SOUTHBOUND BICYCLE LANE ON ST. GEORGE STREET PARALLELING THE NORTHBOUND BICYCLE LAND AND THE SEPARATION OF THE BICYCLE LANES FROM VEHICULAR TRAFFIC BY THE INSTALLATION OF BOLLARDS OR CURBS BETWEEN THE SIDE BICYCLE LANES AND THE LANES OF TRAFFIC. THIS WOULD ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING: 1. NO OR MINIMAL LOSS OF ON-STREET CAR PARKING; 2. STOP ILLEGAL PARKING IN THE BICYCLE LANES AND END THE NEED FOR ENFORCEMENT 3. REDUCE OR REMOVE CONFLICTS BETWEEN CYCLISTS AND CARS PARKING ON THE WEST SIDE OF ST. GEORGE/BEVERLEY STREETS 4. IMPROVE CYCLISTS' SAFETY ON ST. GEORGE AND BEVERLEY STREETS.

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