By Ben Bull
Published November 14, 2012
Toronto's streets aren't getting any safer. Yesterday a 38 year old female cyclist was hit and critically injured) by a truck at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard.
At the same time, about a five-minute pedal away, city crews were feverishly scrubbing the controversial Jarvis Street bike lanes into oblivion.
After the Gerrard Street collision the truck, apparently, failed to stop. Evidently the driver was unaware of the crushed metal beneath his wheels.
I headed up to Jarvis Street yesterday to try and forestall the bike lane removal. When I got there I witnessed the arrest of a forlorn-looking middle-aged gentleman who was being scooped up off the road by Toronto's finest.
The man was Tomislav Svoboda, a doctor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
I shook Dr. Svoboda's hand and he looked up at me with a bedraggled, little-boy-lost look, an expression he maintained as the police clicked on the cuffs on and gently squeezed him into the back of their cruiser.
As I trudged along Jarvis, watching the city truck bleach away the paint and avoiding the hoards of journalists stood around waiting for something to happen, it occurred to me that the lane would probably be gone within the day.
So much quicker than the several years it took them to install it.
I felt empty as I watched the bike lane bleed into the gutter and thought of the fellow cyclist fighting for her life a few minutes away. It made me wonder if anybody in this city cares.
Like I said - Toronto's streets aren't getting any safer.