Warning to bike laneblockers, Uber drivers
Regarding your piece on increased police enforcement of bike lane laws (NOW Online, August 10).
Most people I have talked with think the police can be part of changing the culture of acceptable road use, but only a part. The fact that they are ticketing bike lane violators hasn’t stopped me or my friends from using the tactics of shame, or physically holding shut the passenger doors of Uber drivers who seem not to care about dropping off passengers in the middle of protected lanes. Given that the balance of risk skews heavily to the cyclist in car-bike interactions, it’s more than appropriate for cyclists to use all available means to make it socially unacceptable for drivers to stop in protected bike lanes.
A police presence here makes it clear the City is interested in enforcing bike lanes as lawful space, getting into the heads of those who otherwise have little sympathy for know-it-all “pinkos” like me.
Joel Dickau Toronto