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Cyclists test drive Jarvis bike lanes

Cyclists took advantage of new curbside bike lanes along Jarvis Streetyesterday morning, some of them rerouting their regular commutes to tryout the bright white lines painted last week.

Cyclists took advantage of new curbside bike lanes along Jarvis Street yesterday morning, some of them rerouting their regular commutes to try out the bright white lines painted last week.

Just less than 100 cyclists, most of them riding southbound, were counted using the new lanes at the corner of Dundas and Jarvis streets between 8:15 and 9:15 a.m.

“It’s a big improvement. I came out of my way to use it,” said Chris Jacobs, on his way to work.

“It’s awesome. Today’s my first day, and I think I’ll use it regularly,” said Keith Leong, who says his usual route runs south on Church Street.

Yesterday morning’s commute was a more civilized scene than last Monday’s, which was dogged by confusion about the closed middle lane. Cars crawled bumper-to-bumper, while cyclists stuck to the curb.

But not everyone was happy with the change. Elaine Redekop said her bike ride was better with the lanes, but expressed some concern about how to stop cars from using them as parking spots.

Others commented on the need to repave the street, saying the surface was too bumpy for cyclists.

Some motorists appeared frustrated as well.

As cyclist Miro Munhaz described how his route to work on Wellington felt safer, a man in a white Jeep yelled out his window, “I hate it.”

 
 
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