Hey, it turns out people do want to bike
… provided they feel safe doing so. And this bike lane in Toronto seems to be proving the point rather eloquently.
I’m not a cyclist. I don’t even own a bike. But I also don’t commute to work, unless you count shuffling to the home office from the bedroom, a distance of roughly 40 feet. I deliberately set out to work from home from the very beginning because the thought of sitting in traffic - in a car, on a bus, whatever - made me want to give up and die. But if I had a job like most reasonable grown-ups do, I would endeavour to live near it enough that I could walk or bike to it. Provided those options were reasonable and safe-ish.
I very much like the idea of reducing traffic lanes (removing an entire lane or narrowing each one to generate enough space on the sides) and installing dedicated bike lanes, ideally protected by some kind of stakes because people forget to pay attention unless you force them to. Make it less convenient to drive to work, and more convenient to use active modes of transportation, and see how human beings respond to incentives.