Torstar News Service Tomislav Svoboda, MD. sits in the north bound Jarvis bike lane as he protests the removal of the lane as the paint scrubing machine works in behind. He was arrested for his actions by Toronto

A protester was arrested and charged Tuesday morning after blocking the removal of the Jarvis St. bike lanes.

Toronto physician Tomislav Svoboda was arrested around 11 a.m. on Jarvis St. near Shuter St.

“As a family and public health physician, I’m concerned about safety,” Svoboda said. “I’m concerned about the lack of public consultation and the very undemocratic process that led to the removal of these lanes, and the waste and misuse of taxpayers’ money.”

Svoboda sat with a bike in the laneway, blocking the truck that was removing the paint. He and other members of the advocacy group Jarvis Emegency Taskforce blocked the lane, but Svoboda was the first to remain in the lane after being peacefully confronted by police.

“This is the only major North American city that’s removing bicycle lanes, which is a national disgrace,” he said.

He was arrested without incident by the 51 Division Street Crime Unit, which operates on bicycles.

Police told Torstar News Service Tuesday afternoon that Svoboda was charged with obstructing a peace officer and mischief.

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