Senator Nicole Eaton recently took to Twitter to air her frustration over Toronto’s cycling infrastructure.
Eaton called Bloor Street a “disaster,” two weeks after separate bike lanes were opened on Bloor between Avenue Road and Shaw Street. She also questioned whether city planners were even bike riders.
“Bicycles are a luxury, most of us use public transportation or walk,” read one tweet. “Never seen a bike rider obey traffic laws. They are special.”
Eaton also tweeted that Toronto was “such a mess” and resembled a “third-world country” compared to New York.
“Can you imagine closing two lanes of Fifth Avenue to accommodate a few bicycle riders,” she wrote, referring to a main street in New York City. Meanwhile, there is a bike lane on Fifth Avenue between 23rd Street and Washington Square North.
Jared Kolb is the executive director of Cycle Toronto, and says Eaton is “out of touch with reality here in Toronto.” He added that for many people in the city, cycling is their main way of getting around and is a necessity rather than a luxury.
Do you think Senator Eaton is right or wrong in this case?