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.
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.
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
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.