Beck Taxi takes heat on social media for blocking Toronto cycling lane
Cycling community calls for enforcement of $150 fines for those parked on dedicated bike routes
A Toronto taxi firm took heat on Twitter after several users posted photos showing a line of more than a dozen cabs blocking the cycling lane at Richmond and Bay streets.
Blocking a bicycle lane comes with a $150 fine, according to the city. But cyclists have kept calling for better enforcement of the law.
Those on social media seemed to agree, tweeting at the city, Beck Taxi and Mayor John Tory.
unacceptable! <a href="https://twitter.com/BeckTaxi">@BeckTaxi</a> turns Richmond bike lane at Bay St into a 20-cab taxi stand. <a href="https://twitter.com/CycleToronto">@CycleToronto</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnTory">@JohnTory</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bikeTO?src=hash">#bikeTO</a> <a href="https://t.co/wfe7t1JZDD">pic.twitter.com/wfe7t1JZDD</a>—@jonesmcella
15 Beck Taxi's using the bike lane as a taxi stand. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/biketo?src=hash">#biketo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/topoli?src=hash">#topoli</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZcD8zfx8MS">pic.twitter.com/ZcD8zfx8MS</a>—@evdelen
Several citizens said they intervened to try find out why so many cabs were flouting the rules.
<a href="https://twitter.com/jonesmcella">@jonesmcella</a> Best as I could piece together there's an event at Arcadian Court (Bay @ Queen). So they're using bike lane as a taxi stand.—@evdelen
Beck Taxi spokeswoman Kristine Hubbard jumped into the debate Saturday, agreeing that drivers should never block the bike lanes. She thanked one user who posted each cab number on social media and said the taxi company would follow up with each of the drivers.
<a href="https://twitter.com/PaulKulig_TO">@PaulKulig_TO</a> I'm just seeing this and I'm in 100% agreement. No cars/taxis should be in the bike lanes. EVER.—@KristineHubbard
With 5500+ taxis in Toronto there are < 200 legal spots for them to sit. The City ignores when planning yet more taxis being licensed.—@KristineHubbard
They should never have been there. On-site event staff have been shuffled for tonight. Hopefully enforcement too. <a href="https://t.co/NwrT7BAPRJ">https://t.co/NwrT7BAPRJ</a>—@KristineHubbard