Last week, Canada Post issued a statement regarding its delivery trucks parking in Toronto’s bike lanes.
The Crown corporation was recently called out by Toronto parking enforcement officer Kyle Ashley as the worst offender for parking in the city’s downtown bike lanes.
“The flagrant disregard for the bike lanes is strongest from them,” he told the Toronto Star of Canada Post in story published July 24. “I don’t know if they think they have impunity because the trucks say Canada Post, or if they just don’t care about the public image or the public safety.”
UNDERSTANDING THE CONCERNS
A statement issued by Canada Post says the postal service “understands the concerns raised regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto” and has told its employees to stop parking in bike lanes in Toronto.
“For pickups or deliveries, they are expected to find a safe location to park their vehicle. If a safe parking location is not available, our employees are expected to avoid the stop, continue on their route and return any undelivered items to the depot. Any problem areas are to be reported to their Supervisor so that a safety assessment can be immediately conducted to find the best alternative to serve the affected areas.”
Canada Post also asked the municipal government to work with the postal service “and others to find long-term solutions to address this issue.”