Toronto Mayor John Tory sat down with a local cycling advocacy group Wednesday in an effort to diffuse tensions between cyclists and police in High Park.
In recent weeks, tensions have risen between the two groups – with cyclists claiming Toronto Police Services (TPS) is participating in an unfair “enforcement blitz” against speeding bikers, and police claiming their presence in the park is to ensure everyone’s safety.
Tensions hit a breaking point last week when a cyclist was hit by a TPS cruiser while at the intersection of Centre Road and Colborne Lodge Drive in the park
A cycling protest is set to take place at the park, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. RELATED STORIES
On Wednesday, Cycle Toronto issued a news release stating they met with the mayor to “discuss evidence-based policy and design solutions.”
In the past, Tory has said police don’t deserve to be criticized for enforcing the speed limit on cyclists , but Cycling Toronto said on Wednesday the mayor “expressed willingness to consider implementing … solutions in the park before the end of 2022, [and that] he also expressed consideration of a car-free pilot [seven] days a week.”
In the short-term, the organization wants to see the following implemented: The creation of designated lanes for multiple forms of active transportation travelling at different speeds including a “fast lane” for people using the roads for recreational cycling and training. The implementation of off-peak times during car-free hours specifically for people on bikes to ride and train at speed. A […]