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NEWS: Trucks fitted with new guard could save cyclists’ lives

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:22

A GTA concrete company is taking an unusual step to protect cyclists and pedestrians who may come into contact with their trucks on the road. Innocon has designed a thick nylon panel called ‘The Guardian’ that sits between the rear wheels of each truck. Paired with a metal bar that runs from the first rear wheel to […]
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READ: Is the pro-bike helmet argument based on faulty research?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:38

You know them; you love them = extreme pro-helmet people.  Their arguments may be based on faulty research. I personally wear a helmet.  I also personally support the right of other adults to choose not to. The authors of a study that helped foment the public and governmental obsession with bike helmets later issued research that […]
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NEWS: Richmond bike lane dismantled with film office OK

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 21:42

More in the press about this. A block-long section of the separated bike lane between Duncan and John Streets was dismantled Tuesday evening, allowing Bell Media vehicles to park on the north side of Richmond. Starting Thursday the company is hosting a two-day Women’s World Cup event in the parking lot of its Queen St. […]
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NEWS: Toronto allows Bell to use bike lane as parking lot

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 21:27

Gah. Some infuriating quotes in this article. While Cressy said Bell Media was never allowed to park there in the first place, the city department that granted the permit disagrees with him. “Yup, they were, we authorized it,” said the city’s film manager, Eric Jensen. “It was necessary to facilitate the ongoing operation of Bell […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: The Richmond Cycle Track removed in favour of film shoot

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:38

Update: Joe Cressy (the councillor for this area, Ward 20) just tweeted this: My office has expressed closing cycle tracks and bike lanes for parking is a no go – staff have advised cycle track will be re-opened asap. Thanks Joe! —– Updating the post from earlier today.  Turns out part of the Richmond Cycle Track is […]
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FACEPALM: Is Bell Media removing part of the Richmond Cycle Track?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:48

 Update 2:  Joe Cressy (the councillor for this area, Ward 20) just tweeted this: My office has expressed closing cycle tracks and bike lanes for parking is a no go – staff have advised cycle track will be re-opened asap. Thanks Joe! Update: It’s being removed for two weeks in favour of a film shoot.  A film […]
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REMINDER: Take a survey; help Toronto plan cycling infrastructure

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:18

We’ve just posted our first survey for the development of Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan for the next 10 years. At this stage we are asking Toronto residents about values, so we can better understand the priorities of residents in different parts of the City. Understanding these priorities will help inform resource allocation. The geocoding and […]
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OH YEAH! New app helps Toronto cyclists report vehicles parked in bike lanes

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:41

Toronto cyclists have a new tool in their fight over asphalt turf. TowIt, designed by local developer Michael McArthur, lets anyone snap a photo of scofflaw drivers parked illegally in bike lanes, share it online and plot it on map using their smartphone’s GPS. Although the app is designed for all road users, McArthur said it’s proven popular with local […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: TCAT Announces Scarborough Cycles

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:05

This looks amazing.  Scarborough Cycles! The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with Cycle Toronto, Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, and CultureLink, has launched an exciting new project called Scarborough Cycles: building bike culture beyond downtown. With 30% of Toronto’s landmass, 24% of its residents, and half a million cyclable trips (trips […]
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FACEPALM: Old man yells at bicycles, and fish

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:23

It’s nice that the Toronto Sun has work programs for grumpy old men who like to bitch about everything. You can congratulate Mike Strobel on finding a job despite his challenges at @strobelsun They tell me the smelts are running up in Kagawong, so spring has finally sprung. Down here in the Big Smoke, we […]
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DO IT! Take a survey; help Toronto plan cycling infrastructure

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:10

We’ve just posted our first survey for the development of Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan for the next 10 years. At this stage we are asking Toronto residents about values, so we can better understand the priorities of residents in different parts of the City. Understanding these priorities will help inform resource allocation. The geocoding and […]
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OH YEAH! Cycle Toronto’s #BloorLovesBikes campaign is here and it’s awesome

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:01

The biggest OH YEAH! to Cycle Toronto for the start of their “Bloor Loves Bikes” campaign.   Who wants bikelanes bringing lots of people to their stores to spend lots of money not being spent on cars?  Bloor businesses do! Our #BloorLovesBikes window decals are in! Watch for them on Bloor coming soon! via Cycle […]
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NEWS: Car Columnist has trouble remembering bicycle turn signals; bitches about it

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:04

A car columnist for the Globe whines about hand signals being too confusing for him.  Because remembering stuff is hard. He also blames car-bike collisions on drivers not understanding bike hand signals.  That’s totally the reason there are collisions.  It’s not drivers being inattentive or the self-righteous belief that being in a car means they should […]
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NEWS: Toronto cyclists are feeling the construction crunch

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:50

It’s common for drivers in Toronto to complain about construction delays, but lately cyclists in the city are also feeling the pain. Whether it’s track repair at College and Spadina, ongoing work on the Martin Goodman trail or the construction of the new TTC yard at Leslie Barns, the city’s cycling corridors are feeling the construction […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Utility poles installed in middle of Queens Quay bike lane

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:01

Sometimes, in Toronto, you have to laugh to keep from crying. Installing utility poles in the middle of a bike lane — where cyclists could crash into them — seems like a dumb idea. But that’s what happened last week on one of Toronto’s busiest bike lanes, along the south side of Queens Quay, a […]
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NEWS: Toronto cyclists have hearts of gold (still)

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:14

Back on April 3rd, BikingToronto posted about Toronto getting a “gold” designation from Share the Road… Toronto received a “gold” bicycle friendly community designation at the Ontario Bike Summit from Share the Road earlier this week, but no one really knows why.  Unlike the League of American Bicyclists south of the border, Share the Road’s award criteria doesn’t seem to […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Great new brickwork on Queens Quay multi-use path

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:46

Awesome looking brick patterns on part of the Martin-Goodman trail alongside Queens Quay as the multi-year reconstruction nears completion! Great new stonework installed on Toronto’s section of the Waterfront near Ferry terminal.  via Toronto Cycling on Twitter: “Great new stonework installed”
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OH YEAH: 5 quick fixes that would bring cycling in T.O. into the 21st century

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:01

Cycle Toronto‘s Jared Kolb gives us a quick list of 5 easy things Toronto can do to get up to speed on what’s happening with cycling infrastructure in other major world cities.   Great article.   Read: 5 quick fixes that would bring cycling in T.O. into the 21st century – NOW Toronto Magazine – Think […]
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HOW TO: Surviving city cycling

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:39

It may not feel like it, but we are making slow, steady progress in the growth and improvement of our cycling infrastructure. While the meaningful integration of bikes into all aspects of city planning will take some time, we’ve got a pretty bikeable city to make use of. It’s how we use it that makes […]
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NEWS: 5 myths about cyclists that drivers need to get over

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:31

NOW Magazine’s annual spring bikes issue is upon us! 1. Roads are built for cars. Some drivers seem terribly irked by the mere presence of cyclists on T.O.’s byways. Wake up! Rob Ford was wrong – there is no war on the car. And cycling isn’t just a recreational activity. For a growing number of us […]
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