Jarvis Street is undergoing some construction right now and this innocent sign doesn’t have any idea of the civic strife it’s inadvertently referencing. When travelling around Europe in April I was with a group of journalists meeting with various government and civil society people. As one does when travelling (well, if you’re from Toronto and that ever-so-slight sense of insecurity has you wondering) you ask what people know about where you’re from. On more than one occasion (including a member of the Finnish Parliament) people knew Toronto first because it’s just about the only place in the world that is removing bike lanes. So, at least we’re getting famous.
Yet, the bike lanes are working and Jarvis is more orderly than it ever was before. As a sometimes-driver who lives by Jarvis, I don’t avoid the street anymore because it’s a stress-free roll down to the Gardiner (or up) — except south of Queen when bikes mix with traffic and the dodge and weave begin. The pictures above is exactly what will happen if they are removed. The working balance will be gone and the battle for space will begin again.
It is probably a good thing the sign above was not one of those signs that can be adapted for different situations (Like the DANGER DUE TO _______ signs). There are a couple dozen city councillor names that could be listed there, unless they change their minds.