Guerilla Bike Lane – Toronto, Ontario


A clever and creative bicycle activist has painted an unofficial bike lane along a small stretch of Queen St. West in Toronto (and possibly other streets as well?). The iconography of the penny-farthing style bike, the diamond and the dotted/solid line blend the reality of a bike lane, activism and humour with seamless execution.

In my experience, the impact of this project was especially potent having first noticed it while riding to work on my bike. Not only did it produce a giggle, it evoked feelings of admiration and affection for this ballsy individual, along with a very real sense of ownership of the lane (which is, I might add, the same width as a standard car lane, which is typically a good deal wider than the standard bike lane).

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