Toronto council passes plan to narrow Jarvis in favour of bike lanes

Globe & Mail - May 25, 2009

Over the objections of the mayor's critics who claim he is waging a “war on the car,” Toronto city council approved a controversial plan to narrow Jarvis Street, a five-lane downtown artery, in order to install bike lanes and plant trees.

Council voted 28-16 on Monday to officially file with the provincial government an environmental study on narrowing Jarvis, after Mayor David Miller came out swinging in favour of the plan.

The mayor used his powers to put the $6-million plan first on city council's agenda as the session got under way Monday morning. His opening speech earned applause from about 100 cyclists in the council chamber – many wearing their bike helmets – who were at city hall this morning for the launch of the city's bike month.

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