Scarborough Councilor Berardinetti wants to get rid of bike lanes on Brichmount Road and Pharmacy

C/O Alex Stephan.

 

In the 2010 election, Berardinetti ran again for the ward against Heaps. One of the major issues was bike lanes in the ward. Berardinetti claimed that unconnected bike lanes on Pharmacy Avenue and Birchmount Road were leading some residents who lived on those streets to move out of the ward. Berardinetti, who described them as "bike lanes to nowhere", said that she would replace them with sharrows.[Berardinetti won the election by 2,203 votes.


This issue goes to council at it's next meeting (June 23rd). I know that the Cyclists Union http://bikeunion.to/contact shares our concerns. So you may want to connect with them.

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Paul M Comment by Paul M 1 day ago
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I am vehemently opposed to removing bike lanes that have already been installed because those are definitely a regressive stance. Of course, Berardinetti is correct that these bike lanes are really not well connected, but the answer is to add on-street connections and not to remove them. Anyway, I will contact the Cyclists Union since I use these bike lanes on a daily basis. You are all over these issues... thanks, Alex!
Alex Stephan Comment by Alex Stephan 1 day ago
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Thanks Paul. I did send them an email, too, Asking them if they have anything planned for the meeting.  The Cyclists Union did a good job helping to get the Bike lane done on Jarvis. Cycling infrastructure in the suburbs is crucial in getting more people into riding their bikes.  I guess contacting Berardinetti wouldn't help much, but who knows.

if someone has time, you could even  make a deputation at the meeting: here is how:

http://www.torontocan.ca/Deputations.html

Michael Comment by Michael 9 hours ago
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Contacting a city Councillor is always worthwhile, especially if you actually live in that ward.

 

Here is Councillor Berardinetti's official City of Toronto website: http://www.toronto.ca/councillors/berardinetti1.htm

Here is her email address: councillor_berardinetti@toronto.ca

Her ward, 35,  runs from: Eglinton to Vic Park and is bounded on the south and east by the railway tracks.

Michael Comment by Michael 9 hours ago
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Ooops, should also add, contact your own Councillor to tell them you object to this proposition, here is all the City of Toronto City Councillors:

http://app.toronto.ca/im/council/councillors.jsp

Alex Stephan Comment by Alex Stephan 9 hours ago
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Thanks Michael, Contacting your coucillor IS the right thing to do.
Paul M Comment by Paul M 7 hours ago
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That is indeed a good idea. I'll contact her as well.
Alex Stephan Comment by Alex Stephan 6 hours ago
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If you call her, you might want to mention this: Chicago is building 100 Miles of protected bike lanes in 4 years.

A hundred miles!  separated lanes!

http://letsgorideabike.com/blog/2011/06/chicagos-first-protected-bi...

Alex Stephan Comment by Alex Stephan 3 hours ago
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I just got off the phone with Andrea Garcia from the Bike Union. She told me she will Schedule a public meeting with Councillor Berardinetti in the near future. The 23rd of june meeting is a mere feasibility study of the lane removal, so the meeting is likely to be after that.   Councillor Berardinetti sees this as a campaign promise she has to keep. To  convince her to keep the lanes a high turnout is needed in support of the lanes. I will post the meeting date when available.  

Berardinetti claims she gets a few calls a week to ask her to remove the lanes.  When asked for a rationale why these lanes need to be removed, she contradicts herself. First she said its because nobody is using them, but then she also said people have to pay attention and watch for cylists when exitign their driveway.

 

Which makes you wonder:

a) do people dont pay attention when exiting their driveway without a bike lane and

b) if no cyclists are using them, why is this a problem?

 

Hey I had either a really good, or really silly idea. So I'm going to post it here, and if the group consensus (after a few hours) is Michael, go away, I'll assume it was a bad idea (TM).

 

An open letter to Councillor Berardinetti, inviting her for a bike ride, say a week Satruday (June 18). Something sent not only directly to the Councillor but also to all four major dailies as well as the free papers, Metro and 24. Something along the following lines:

 

I believe that before a person, particularly an elected official makes a decision or policy proposal they should know all the available facts, or at least be as well acquainted with the facts as is reasonably possible. To this end I would like to invite you for a bike ride through Ward 35, i.e. your ward, so you can see what, if any, value these bicycle lanes offer.

 

Anyway go for a nice Saturday afternoon ride across Eglinton from the tracks to, likely, Pharmacy then back across St. Clair to Birchmount and roll around a few other major roads, just experience what life is like from a bicycle saddle. Probably stop in at a few local businesses because as I understand these things elected officials cannot resist the urge to shake hands. Realistically I don't think the Councillor will take me up on the offer, but hey, it might be worth a shot?

Thanks Michael for Posting here.  Much Appreciated.

 

Dan.

Andre Wasniewski Comment by Andre Wasniewski 10 hours ago
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I am pretty sure it is a controversial position but.... I am against extending the network of bike paths in the city. Number one reason is that I am concerned that this will be used as a way to deny the use of general roads to cyclists. It already happened in Belgium, very bike friendly place, where  is is illegal to ride a bike anywhere except off a bike path if there is a bike path.

What we need is a safe passing law, and we should lobby for it very hard.

I guess the BCC pace line would be better off sharing the road with motorists than sharing a bike path with families with children. It would be great if we could have it both ways, but I am afraid it is not going to happen. I believe that if we do not find a way to coexist with cars on the same road, we will never be safe.

 

Thanks for bringing this very important matter to our attention Alex and great idea about the letter Michael.

 Also send copy of letter to Now Magazine

I've gotta write the damn thing first. Assuming I work up the balls to send this anyone care to join me for a very slow, likely short bike ride through Ward 35? (Very likely without a VIP in attendance.)

im probably in the minority here and don't mean to go against the grain or start arguments but 'bike lanes' aka 'the right turn lane' aka 'a false sense of security' are a waste of time fighting over IMHO. we wouldn't need them if there was proper driver education. we should be focusing on showing motorists that while we are obviously more vulnerable and, in most cases slower, we deserve equal respect on the road. we shouldn't require special sections to ride on, especially when you will never ever see a bike lane where it is most needed in critically dangerous areas. perhaps aligning ourselves with motorcyclists[who face the same challenges] is a better move. 

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