Beck Taxi takes heat on social media for blocking Toronto cycling lane

A Toronto taxi firm took heat on Twitter after several users posted photos showing a line of about a dozen cabs blocking the cycling lane at Richmond and Bay streets.

Cycling community calls for enforcement of $150 fines for those parked on dedicated bike routes

Several cyclists tweeted photos of more than a dozen cabs blocking the bike lane on Richmond Street Friday night. (@moores_steven/Twitter)

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.

Several citizens said they intervened to try find out why so many cabs were flouting the rules.

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.

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