Monday, June 25, 2007

Guerrilla bicycle facilities

Not that I'm admitting to or condoning any illegal activity, but there's a possibility that I might have done something like this in the past.
The first time the group struck was on May 30. The gang spray-painted an illegal bike lane in the Annex, between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St., along Bloor. To make the paths appear legitimate, painters stencilled the city's bike lane logo – a bicycle and large diamond – along the road as well.

The lines may have been sloppy, but that didn't stop cyclists from using the lane for two weeks until the city cleaned it up last Monday.

"The shop owners on Bloor said they thought it was the city staff painting," said Rick Helary, manager of road operations in Toronto.
Via BikeDenver. Discussion also at Streetsblog.


  1. That sounds like a great idea. They should actually dress up like city blue collars and they wouldn't be bothered. It was up for 2 weeks? Hummm, that's an idea I will bring up to the next critical mass here. Great blog by the way.

    Gerry :)

  2. That's an idea I've often had. Interesting that they *didn't* want to be confused for the real thing - seems they still actually hope to hold the Real Thing accountable for their delays and inefficiencies.