War on the Car: cars still winning, this time in a battle against a Bixi bike stand

War on the Car: cars still winning, this time in a battle against a Bixi bike stand

Two-wheeled casualties everywhere (Image: Daniel Dale) 

We didn’t expect to see the clash between the city’s two allegedly warring modes of transportation play out quite so literally in Toronto’s streets. But, yesterday, a rogue Lexus plowed into the Bixi bike docking station right across the road from city hall. Add some gravy from a nearby chip wagon to the mix and we’d have Toronto’s civic debate—2009 to present—wrapped up in one tidy metaphor.

The Toronto Sun reports that “police are continuing to investigate” and that the damage to the Bixi stand will be covered by the driver’s insurance. The upside, noted by a Bixi spokesperson in the Toronto Star, is that the Bixi stand bravely sacrificed itself to protect pedestrians who might otherwise have been hit by the Lexus. Clearly, war is still the best arena for people—or inanimate bike-sharing street furnishings—to win glory.

Car slams into City Hall bike station [Toronto Sun]
Car smashes into three-day-old Bixi bike stand [Toronto Star]