Toronto cyclist told he can't commute on Canada's largest highway

Dan Shapiro navigates over 12 lanes of automobile traffic everday on his bicycle. (KEVIN FRAYER/CP IMAGES)

Dan Shapiro navigates over 12 lanes of automobile traffic everday on his bicycle. (KEVIN FRAYER/CP IMAGES)

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42 year-old Dan Shapiro commutes 55km by bicycle everyday on Canada's busiest highway, Ontario's route 401. He began riding on the 401 when he and his wife were no longer able to afford two cars. Although this method of commuting is illegal, Shapiro claims that the sixteen lane freeway is his best route to work. 

Shapiro confesses he would prefer to be cycling on a bike lane, but argues the road is there for a reason: "It was built to provide people with an efficient way to get to work, if I decide to drive a car, ride a bike or even rollerblade on the 401 that's my choice!"

Shaprio often cuts down on his travel time by simply holding onto the bumper of a large truck while pulling him along at 110km per hour.

Peter Oldring recently accompanied Dan on one of his extreme morning commutes; an experience that can best described as harrowing.


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