The summer has arrived and you can be sure that the Gardiner and DVP will be closed on the weekends throughout the summer such as the past weekend. The 2 major arteries into the Downtown core are shut off at various times for fund raising walks, runs and biking. The fund raising from these events are truly important but come at a cost to the downtown commuters. A normal 20 minute commute to and from the city will easily be turned into 1 1/2 hours. While the walkers, runners and bikers are on the DVP and Gardiner there are thousands of cars sitting idle in traffic mostly on Lakeshore Blvd traveling west out of the city or east into the city. This type of traffic has a huge effect on the environment as you could imagine as well as an economic one for the businesses who thrive on weekend traffic. In my opinion and it is only my opinion there is no reason that these fund raising events can’t take place on roads east, west or north of the city where it wouldn’t be such an inconvenience for the weekend commuters. Keep up the good work fund raising for those important charities but Toronto needs to start looking at other roads that can be used that don’t cut off the city to the rest of us.