Toronto’s municipal government has agreed to let motorcyclists use High
Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes controlled by the city, even with only
one rider aboard.
City councillor Case Ootes announced on Wednesday that a motion to
let motorcycles and scooters into HOV lanes passed in council. City
staff now will amend bylaws to formalize the matter.
This is not something that came easily, with municipal government
staff recommending that single-rider motorcycles be kept out of HOV
lanes when the HOV lanes were originally announced.
However, pressure from motorcycle lobby groups convinced councillors
that allowing motorcycles into the lanes makes environmental and
economical sense, and would improve, or at least not worsen, safety.
HOV lane signs will be changed over time, but for now, motorcycle stickers will be put on them. Toronto will also advise other Ontario jurisdictions with HOV lanes that this change has taken place.