Take the Tooker bike lane painting event at Yonge and Bloor, Friday March 3.
Bloor is the kind of bike route you recommend to your enemies, full of delivery vans, impatient drivers, opening car doors and jaywalkers.
Cops can get in the way, too, as those gathered on the northeast corner of Bloor and Yonge on this crisp afternoon find out when they try to to paint their own bike lane line on the city's east-west jugular.
Police threaten mischief charges just as protestors, part of recently formed org Take the Tooker, named after departed eco stunt artist Tooker Gomberg, are about to mark the lane. This doesn't make Angela Bischoff, Gomberg's partner, happy.
"It's not even permanent paint. It's latex that'll wash off in one day!" she argues in vain. The demonstration eventually proceeds using sidewalk chalk.
Bloor is actually an ideal candidate for a bike lane, these cycling enthusiasts say. It doesn't have treacherous streetcar tracks, and cyclists wouldn't limit the flow of traffic any more than parked cars do now.
The cost seems pretty reasonable, too. "For only $200,000, we can repaint the street from Sherbourne to High Park - 8 kilometres of direct, flat biking," explains Hamish Wilson, the cyclist spearheading the initiative.
The greatest fear for Take the Tooker is that local businesses will give it a thumbs-down. When we contact Marija Jevric, urban design coordinator for the Bloor-Yorkville BIA, she refers us to comments the org has already made about a lane reducing available parking for shoppers.
Back on Bloor later that evening, as I ride along east of Bathurst, I notice a sign of what may lie ahead in this battle over Bloor - a rogue lane hand-painted in white.