After a full day of debate on Tuesday, today's city council meeting ended with jeers, a walk-out by left-leaning councillors, and the approval of plans to remove bike lanes on Jarvis Street.
Jarvis will be reverted back to its previous five car lane configuration, and two bike lanes in Scarborough on Birchmount Rd. and Pharmacy Ave. will also be removed.
The total cost of removing the 8 km of lanes on the three streets has been estimated at $410,000, although Scarborough Councillor Michelle Berardinetti disputes that number.
The Toronto Cycling Union's Andrea Garcia pledged to keep fighting to save the lanes on Jarvis, and said that council had given activists a year's reprieve by passing an amendment stating that the Jarvis lanes would be removed in coordination with the construction of bike lanes on Sherbourne, a project slated for sometime next year.
Garcia may not have a year, however. Kristyn Wong-Tam and other councillors wanted to legally bind the city to keep the lanes on Jarvis until the ones on Sherbourne had been completed, but instead Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong passed an amendment that said only that the two projects had to be done in co-ordination. "Co-ordination" was not defined, so the exact timeline for the Jarvis bike lane removal remains unclear.