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Break out the bike lanes: Rossi

Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi, who got early attention and criticism by opposing bike lanes on arterial roads, now says he would push for several downtown lanes separated from motorized traffic.

Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi, who got early attention and criticism by opposing bike lanes on arterial roads, now says he would push for several downtown lanes separated from motorized traffic.

Rossi made the announcement yesterday at a morning ride for candidates organized by the Toronto Cyclists Union, which has been critical of his vow to paint over the controversial new lanes on Jarvis Street and consider removing those on Eastern Avenue.

Rossi’s proposed network includes east-west lanes on Richmond Street between Parliament and Bathurst streets, and the existing Wellesley Avenue/Harbord Street lane to be separated from traffic between Parliament and Ossington Avenue.

Cyclists travelling north-south would use the existing Sherbourne Street lane, which he would separate from traffic between Elm Avenue and Queen’s Quay; or, to the west, the St. George Street/Beverly Street lane extended to Queen’s Quay.

His plan was denounced as “a last-minute, half-baked idea” by Yvonne Bambrick, spokeswoman for the cyclists’ union. “All he’s doing is tweaking (routes) that exist already” and separating them from traffic, rather than proposing a true network that includes the suburbs, she said.

 
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