Living in bike city Amsterdam I can hardly imagine how it is to fight for bicycle lanes in your city. In Toronto a group called the Urban Repair Squad doesn’t want to wait for the bureaucrats to take action on creating bike lanes and started making their own.
“In a way they are carrying out an official function” says Giovanna Borasi of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The Urban Repair Squad makes use of stencil spraying and stickers to make the city more bike-friendly.
On their blog you can see their urban intervention ideas are taken to other countries. Where governments act too slowly on improving safety for cyclists, people do what they have to do from the bottom up. Simply both necessary and brilliant.