Councillor Karen Stintz ticketed for allegedly running stop sign on bike
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Councillor Karen Stintz, the chair of the TTC and a potential mayoral candidate, was given a $110 ticket Thursday morning for allegedly failing to heed a stop sign while riding her bicycle near Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave.
“I received a Toronto Police ticket today for an alleged rolling stop, on a side street while on my bike. Fighting it,” Stintz wrote on Twitter, where she posted a photo of the 9:42 a.m. ticket.
She added: “Sorry it couldn't be a juicier ‘running afoul of the law’ story, everyone. Alleged story, of course.”
Stintz was warned last May for a similar alleged offence. She also disclosed that incident on Twitter, writing, “Just got pulled over by Toronto's finest for rolling through a stop-sign on my bike. Pls cycle safely ;).”
She offered some mild criticism of the police after receiving the ticket at Duplex Ave. and Berwick Ave. on Thursday.
“I love Toronto Police,” she wrote, “but suggest less of an enforcement clampdown on cyclists and more of one on King transit lanes.” She added an hour later: “I agree with varied Toronto Police enforcement/safety blitzes.”
The tweets were largely greeted with amusement.
“Probably a calculated move by Karen Stintz, trying to make her edgier for the downtown crowd for 2014,” wrote one Twitter user, Andrew Tumulty.
“Eh — she gets marks from me for riding her bike,” wrote former Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chief executive Richard Peddie.
Stintz arrived late for the 10 a.m. meeting of council’s striking committee. Because only two members of the six-person committee were present, the meeting had to be postponed until 1:30 p.m.
Councillor Doug Ford was one of the four councillors absent at 10 a.m. Three weeks ago, Ford publicly blasted Councillor Jaye Robinson for missing a committee meeting when she was sick in bed.
Doug Ford told reporters later on Thursday that his absence and Robinson’s absence were not comparable. He had merely been running late, he said.
“I’m here. I work every day. I work seven days a week. Okay? So don’t put the same comparison, because she didn’t bother showing up. I’m here. I would have been five, 10 minutes late but I would have been there. And I’m here today. And I work seven days a week, 18 hours a day for this city and the people of this city,” Ford said.