Cyclists block westbound Gardiner
A group of cyclists cruises down the westbound lanes of the Gardiner Expressway, Friday, May 30, 2008.
May 31, 2008
The westbound Gardiner Expressway was shut down for about 20 minutes tonight when over 200 cyclists got onto the highway at Jameson Ave. shortly before 8 p.m.
The cyclists rode for those 20 minutes before being directed towards the off-ramp at Dunn Ave. by police. Traffic was stalled as the bikers took up all the westbound lanes, but has since returned to normal.
One man, whom police said is part of a cycling group, was taken into custody and faces several charges under the Highway Traffic Act. Police believe the group was participating in a protest, but have no details. The man is set to be released later tonight.
"That wasn't the smartest thing to do," said Sgt. Gary McBratney of the Toronto police's traffic services department. "It's a tough way to make a point, if a car hits you up there."
No injuries were reported.