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REPORT: Move more cargo by bike in Toronto, says Pembina Institute

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 13:27
Great findings in a Pembina Institute report: Traffic congestion is a big problem in Canada’s largest city and could be relieved by moving cargo by bicycle, concludes a report by the energy think tank, Pembina Institute. It could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, and save businesses time and money, says the report’s author, Nithya […]

TAKE ACTION: Write the Public Works Committee to show your support of the Bloor Bike Lanes

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:34
Even though the City’s staff report on the Bloor bike lane pilot was extremely positive, and Mayor Tory has publicly said that he supports making the bike lanes permanent, there’s a movement among some city councillors to “kill” the lanes. Cycle Toronto is asking YOU to write the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee to show […]

NEWS: Mayor Tory supports making Bloor Street bike lanes permanent

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:52
Kudos to John Tory for this, at least: Toronto Mayor John Tory says the contentious Bloor Street West bike lanes should stay, citing a staff report released on Wednesday that shows an increase in cycling, a boost in safety for cyclists and little impact on local retail sales. “To me, all of these data points, […]

NEWS: City reports that Bloor bike lanes should stay, citing a safer street and increased use.

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:13
Bloor is now a safer street that works for more Torontonians.  The bike lanes should stay, say city staff: City transportation staff are recommending that council make the pilot project of Bloor St. bike lanes permanent, paving the way for what would be a huge victory for Toronto’s cycling advocates. A highly anticipated report released Wednesday morning […]

NEWS: There is no “War on the Car”, only a massacre of pedestrians and cyclists.

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:50
Edward Keenan in the Star sums up the state of Toronto’s roads perfectly: This is not a war. If anything it’s more akin to a slaughter. Measures to make streets safer by changing speed limits, changing road design, introducing bike lanes and so on are not ways of waging war. They are proposals that seek […]

NEWS: Downtown cyclists counted by volunteers, because city won’t do it

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:30
If you rode your bike into downtown Toronto Thursday morning, you were likely being watched. But don’t be alarmed. Around 100 volunteers stood at street corners with clipboards in hand today, recording each cyclist who crossed into the downtown core during the morning rush hour. More: Biked to work this morning? You were probably being […]

BLOOR: Bike lane pilot up for debate next week

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:32
The most aggravating part of this is no politician (especially Tory) can or will say what data would “support the Bloor Pilot”. It’s been like this since the Pilot was approved and installed over a year ago… they are measuring things like travel times, how many people are using the street via different modes, how […]

NEWS: Volunteer bike counters step up to gather the data the city should be collecting

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 23:07
You might have seen them out on the sidewalk Tuesday morning, on the edges of downtown along Spadina, Jarvis, Queens Quay and Bloor, with clipboards and video cameras, counting. A platoon of volunteers, doing the work they think the city should be doing. They were counting bikes, and will continue to do so Wednesday and […]

SHARE WIDELY: Petition for Mayor John Tory – Don’t Remove Woodbine Bike Lanes

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:49
A few cranky drivers in Toronto’s east end have started a petition to get the newly installed Woodbine bike lanes removed. This is obviously horrendous, so a “Don’t Remove Woodbine Bike Lanes” petition has been started, and you should sign it. It’s hard to get people to understand that cyclists also pay taxes, and we […]

NEWS: Toronto urged to explore dockless bike sharing

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:12
Dropbike (new to Toronto) is dockless, and it’s weird that this is coming up now, only about a year after Bikeshare Toronto upgraded all their software, etc. The city needs to revisit its approach to bike-share parking, as the bulky stations are taking up too much space, says one city councillor. Trinity-Spadina Coun. Mike Layton […]

NEWS: Sun shines on new Woodbine bike lanes

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:14
I live near Woodbine.  It’s AMAZING being able to bike safely on the street with my daughter. “It is the quickest bike lane installation across the city,” McMahon said. “It basically took a year, connecting two different wards and I would like to assure people that it actually makes everyone safe.” McMahon also says the […]

WOODBINE: Bike Lanes Q&A with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon 

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:23
Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon Ward 32 Beaches-East York is really excited about the new bike lanes on Woodbine that span her ward and Councillor Janet Davis’ ward. She’s so happy about them, they’re throwing a party on September 9 and you’re invited. All the details are here on the Facebook event page. More: Woodbine Bike Lanes Q&A with Councillor […]

NEWS: It is time for Toronto pedestrians to stand up for their rights

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 10:47
A great article about pedestrian groups needing to organize like cyclists have, but really, we are ALL pedestrians.  Safer roads for pedestrians means safer roads for us all. Jenna Morrison was 38 years with a five-year-old son and another child on the way when she was struck and killed by a truck while riding her […]

NEWS: Toronto expands dedicated bike lanes ticketing to 3 officers!

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:20
So amazing!! Cyclists who cheered on Toronto’s famous bike lane guardian — and demanded more like him — got their wish. Kyle Ashley, the parking enforcement officer who has zapped lane invaders with $150 tickets since June, and shamed corporate offenders on Twitter, is now part of a three-person squad. Sabrina Kloetzig and Erin Urquhart joined Ashley […]

NEWS: Canada Post vows to quit blocking Toronto bike lanes

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:38
Well, pigs are flying or something… Canada Post vehicles will stop parking in Toronto bike lanes, the Crown corporation announced after a Star story highlighted cyclist safety concerns. “Canada Post understands the concerns raised regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto,” the postal service said in a statement Tuesday. “As a result, we are instructing our […]

NEWS: Driver gets 4 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed Toronto cyclist

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:47
It’s better than a lot of recent rulings, but still not enough.  If you kill someone like this guy did, you should be in jail far longer than 4 years, and you should never be able to drive again. The family of a 26-year-old cyclist, who was killed in a hit-and-run by a 19-year-old driver […]

NEWS: Canada Post has the most infractions for parking in bike lanes

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:15
  It’s something we all know… delivery vehicles, and especially Canada Post, are pretty big bike lane parking jerks. He estimates up to 90 per cent of his tickets land on the windshields of delivery vehicles including those of courier companies FedEx, Purolator and UPS. In his experience, however, Canada Post — the nation’s mail […]

NEWS: Cyclist’s death renews calls for stricter penalties for drivers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:10
If you’re not disgusted by the non-consequences of killing someone with a car, then you’re failing at being human. The crash that killed Gary Sim cut his life short and robbed his family of a loved one. By law, the most it will cost the driver who hit him is a few hundred dollars. The […]