TORONTO – Local Fed-Ex driver Martin Bedard has spent the last 20 minutes circling in order to find the exact right bike lane to leave his truck in while he delivers a package.
“A lot of drivers just leave their trucks in whatever bike lane happens to be closest to the building they’re making a delivery at,” said Bedard as he made a right onto Greenwood. “But I like to find one that is used by a lot of cyclists and where I can take up as much space as possible.”
“One time I was able to park kitty corner and block two bike lanes at once. That was a great day.”
Like all package and grocery delivery drivers, Bedard knows that the city installed bike lanes in order to give them a place to conveniently drop off items. But what sets Bedard apart is his meticulous commitment to finding the right bike lane in any given circumstance.
“Sure I’ll park my truck in a bike lane and act offended when the cyclists get mad,” said driver Erik Anderson. “But Martin? He’ll cut cyclists off and park without even putting on his flashers. Legendary stuff.”
Bedard ended the interview after finding the perfect bike lane on Dundas to park. He didn’t actually have a package to deliver he advised, he was just looking for a good place to eat his lunch and listen to a Podcast. Still some cyclists expressed outrage at his actions.
“It’s not only inconsiderate, it’s unsafe. How can you not think about your fellow citizens at all?” said one cyclist before biking through an intersection on a red light.
Photo by: Steven Vance