Warn­ing to bike laneblock­ers, Uber driv­ers

NOW Magazine - - LETTER TO THE EDITOR -

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

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