As far as the Toronto Mayors "war on bikes" this view is sadly common. They look at bicycles as a transportation problem rather than a transportation solution. When I went to college one of the board of regents kids was badly hurt when hit by a cyclist so they banned cycling on campus and made a bike lane around the entire campus that was dangerous and usually filled busses and cars loading or unloading. After making it such a hassle to cycle to class nobody did. Soon students were having to park up to 2 miles away from campus and walk because everyone farther than walking distance drove instead of cycled. You'd think they would have learned their lesson that cycling is in fact a good thing but instead of reversing the ban on intra-campus cycling they built a parking garage.
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