Why bike lanes are good for drivers and everyone else

For many people who live in Toronto, myself included, cycling isn’t a fair-weather activity, it’s a transportation necessity.I’ve been a cyclist in the city for as long as I’ve lived here, but I also use a car, taxis, Uber, the TTC or a combination of those to get around.As a driver, I’m in favour of more bike lanes. In my extensive travels throughout my career as a professional athlete, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of cities around the world. In fact, I stayed in 6 of The Economist’s Top 10 “most livable cities” in 2016 alone. It actually wasn’t that hard, given that three of them are in Canada.Myriad factors contribute to livability but I can tell you from experience one of the things that makes a city great, is the ability to get around without driving. Walking streets, promenades, bike paths and great public transportation create a healthier, more active, more affordable and environmentally friendly city for everyone.Article Continued BelowIn cities such as Adelaide, Copenhagen and Amsterdam a focus on providing safer and more efficient solutions for pedestrians and cyclists has lead to their cities being heralded for happiness and quality of life. Another reason I’m a fan of bike lanes as a driver is because I’m afraid of hitting one, and bike lanes provide a clear boundary between where my car should be, and where my friends on two wheels should be. I’ve been on the receiving end of a bike-on-car accident enough times to know that the bike never wins.