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OH YEAH: A Toronto program uses two wheels to connect newcomers to the city

6 hours 5 sec ago

CultureLink Settlement Services has a long history of co-ordinating mentorship programs that match newcomers with Canadian hosts to promote integration into Canadian life and in 2011 decided to add a fun twist with the introduction of bicycles. Bike Host provides bikes to newcomer participants who don’t have one and provides plenty of opportunities to make friends, build networks, learn about and explore the city, all while spending time outdoors.

Over a four-month period, Bike Host participants can attend free workshops about cycling in Toronto, road safety rules, cycling skills and bike maintenance. Mentors lead small group rides around the city, introducing newcomers to areas that are safe to cycle.  Rides along bike paths, such as Lakeshore and the Humber River connect newcomers to nature in the city, while rides to Queen’s Park and City Hall provide an opportunity for a brief lesson in city history and politics.

Read More:  A Toronto program uses two wheels to connect newcomers to the city | Canadian Immigrant.

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NEWS: Want to arrive to work happy? Ride your bike!

10 hours 22 min ago

In addition to being among the healthiest worker bees, commuters who cycle to work are also the happiest, according to a new research.

Maybe it’s because cyclists don’t need to deal with being pushed up against a stranger in a crowded subway car. Or have to deal with the stress of traffic and aggressive drivers. Maybe it’s because they arrive to work after a solid workout, ready to tackle their day.

For these and other reasons, those who biked to work reported being the happiest during their commute, compared to those who drive or take public transit.

Read More:  Want to arrive to work happy? Ride your bike | Metro.

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NEWS: The 12-Step Plan to Get Toronto Moving

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:19

Hoping that a clear plan presented during a municipal election campaign will get some political attention and goodwill, a variety of community groups—Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), Cycle Toronto,Walk Toronto, and Canada Walks—have gotten together and come up with a list of 12 “priority actions,” which are contained in a new report, “Building a Toronto That Moves.”

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  • Create a Minimum Grid of 100 km of protected bike lanes on main streets and 100 km of bicycle boulevards on residential streets across Toronto by 2018.
  • Create 100 new on-street parking corrals across Toronto.
  • Connect major transit hubs in North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke with protected bike lanes and bicycle boulevards enabling Torontonians to bike as a part of their commute.
  • Implement a Complete Streets policy in the Official Plan. (“A Complete Streets policy ensures that the entire network is consistently designed and operated for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”)

Read More: 12-Step Plan to Get Toronto Moving | cityscape | Torontoist.

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NEWS: Faster moving Toronto needs biking, walking and transit focus

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:03

Four years, four ideas each to improve the lives of pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

It adds up to 12 proposals at the centre of a new campaign launched Tuesday by a coalition of active transportation and environmental advocates anxious that their cause be part of the upcoming municipal election.

Building a Toronto that Moves is a series of actions that city council should take to release the city from the misery and lost productivity of gridlock, says the coalition.

Read More: Faster moving Toronto needs biking, walking and transit focus, groups say | Metro.

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NEWS: 4 of 5 Mayoral candidates support bike lanes on University Ave.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:04

This is a Toronto Sun article, so if you decide to click through, don’t read the comments if you want to have any faith in humanity.

Bike lanes on University Ave. could ride into reality if any of the four frontrunners vying to replace Mayor Rob Ford get elected.

But none of them will put bike lanes back on Jarvis St.

The Toronto Sun asked the four main mayoral contenders on Monday whether they would support bike lanes on University — a plan that was scrubbed by council in a tight vote before the 2010 election — and whether they would support bringing bike lanes back to Jarvis.

More:  Mayoral candidates not against bike lanes on University Ave. | Toronto & GTA

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NEWS: It’s time for Toronto’s second-class cyclists to take over our streets

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:05

You GO Christopher Hume!  The revolution will be bicyclized! haha.

Seriously though… his point is a valid one… with more infrastructure, the number of cyclists in this city will explode exponentially, making bikelanes and infrastructure not only the right thing to do, but politically feasible to those at City Hall.

The problem with this city is that there aren’t enough bicycles on the streets. True, hundreds of cyclists can be seen on downtown roads like College, King and Queen. The dedicated Sherbourne lane is sometimes busy and so are Bloor and Danforth.

But what Toronto needs is thousands and thousands of cyclists, hordes of two-wheelers, enough to take over the streets and establish, if not primacy, at least equality with cars and trucks.

The issue is critical mass, and this city hasn’t reached it. Of course, cyclists get precious little support from official Toronto. Despite the brave talk about 500 kilometres of bike lanes on city streets by 2011; that deadline has come and gone with little to show. The temporary proposed routes on Richmond and Adelaide are a good sign, but Toronto’s a long way from realizing its pedalling potential.

Read More:  It’s time for Toronto’s second-class cyclists to take over our streets: Hume | Toronto Star.

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NEWS: 4 of 5 major mayoral candidates say more bike lanes in the downtown core.

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 16:55

What if we had more separated bike lanes in the downtown core?

Toronto council’s public works and infrastructure committee recently approved a pilot project for separated bicycle lanes on sections of Richmond and Adelaide Sts. City council will vote June 10 on whether to OK the project. As Toronto’s cycle community grows and the issue of safety on the roads remains a concern, Cycle Toronto has been advocating for a quicker approval process for bike lanes and improvements to the cycling infrastructure, such as safer intersections. Opponents, however, say bike lanes are not practical and lead to traffic congestion.

As part of our year-long Big Ideas project, each week we present Toronto’s leading mayoral candidates with a proposal that has ignited discussion across the city. We have received more than 900 ideas on how to improve Toronto from our readers, many of which have centred on the city’s cycling infrastructure.

Read More: Big Ideas: Our mayoral candidates on separated bike lanes in the downtown core | Toronto Star.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto needs a Minimum Grid of Bikelanes

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 19:13

Have you seen Cycle Toronto‘s new campaign to get politicians to commit to a Minimum Grid of bikelanes across the city?  It’s a good one.  Every Torontonian deserves access to safe and efficient biking routes.  More of us on bikes means less of us in cars clogging up our city.

73% of Torontonians say the lack of cycling infrastructure in this city is holding them back from riding more.

Which candidates for Mayor or City Councillor support creating a Minimum Grid of bike lanes across Toronto?

Read More: Minimum Grid.

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NEWS: Vehicle sought after cyclist injured in hit-and-run

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:57

A man in his 50s was taken to a local trauma centre with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle Monday night.

The accident occurred on Leslie St., south of Hwy. 401, around 11:20 p.m., according to Toronto EMS. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was wearing his helmet, according to police.

Police attended the scene and are searching for the vehicle, which drove away after knocking the man to the ground.

Read More: Vehicle sought after cyclist injured in hit-and-run | Metro.

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NEWS: Toronto’s politicians rally for better bike infrastructure but John Tory a curious no-show

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:09

A postcard-perfect May Monday morning in Toronto began with a major feel-good photo op: Bike to Work Day. With three elections taking place simultaneously, Nathan Phillips Square filled with (mostly) fair-weather cyclists seeking election or re-election.

Cyclist city councillors included Glen de Baeremaeker, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Joe Mihevc, Mary-Margaret McMahon and Karen Stintz. Adam Vaughan, now a federal candidate in Trinity-Spadina, rode in, along with Glen Murray, running for re-election provincially in Toronto Centre-Rosedale.

More: Toronto’s politicians rally for better bike infrastructure but John Tory a curious no-show | National Post.

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NEWS: Mayoral candidate David Soknacki vows to speed up Toronto bike lane expansion

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 12:09

Mayoral candidate David Soknacki wants to remove roadblocks that delay building new bike lanes in the city.

Soknacki, the first prominent mayoral hopeful to roll out a bike plan, said environmental assessments take too long.

He vowed that if elected mayor Oct. 27, he will lobby the provincial government to okay faster assessments of bike lanes “where environmental benefits are obvious.”

Cycle Toronto, which has been advocating for speedier approvals, noted that the environmental assessment for bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide Sts. will take up to four years.

Read More: Mayoral candidate David Soknacki vows to speed up Toronto bike lane expansion | Toronto Star.

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NEWS: Cyclists take part in Toronto Bike To Work Day

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 09:23

A few hundred?!?!  CBC is on some crack if 1000s of cyclists are “a few hundred”…

A few hundred Toronto cyclists took to the streets Monday, riding in to work as part of the city’s 25th annual Bike To Work Day.

Under sunny skies, riders gathered at marshalling points around the city to form a rolling parade that moved into the downtown core for a free pancake breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square.

More: Hundreds take part in Toronto Bike To Work Day – Toronto – CBC News.

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NEWS: How to harness the power of social media to get a stolen bike back

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 08:58

A stolen bike could take weeks or months to retrieve, if it comes back at all. But Christian Garnette had his back in just a day.

Rather than reporting the theft to police last Tuesday after the 23-year-old Toronto man realized his bike was stolen, he turned to complete strangers on the Internet to help find it.

He posted a picture of his bicycle on the Facebook group of a local fixed gear shop around 3:30 a.m., asking if anyone had seen it since it went missing near the corner of Parliament Street and King Street East. All that remained was the front wheel and lock of the bright white bike.

Read More: How a Toronto man harnessed the power of social media to get his stolen bike back — in less than a day | National Post.

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NEWS: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 12:33

Toronto cyclists are increasingly taking to social media to shame drivers who impede on designated bike lanes in the city. Read More: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online

Read More: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online – Toronto – CBC News

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NEWS: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 12:33

Toronto cyclists are increasingly taking to social media to shame drivers who impede on designated bike lanes in the city. Read More: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online

Read More: Toronto cyclists shame bike lane violators online – Toronto – CBC News

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NEWS: Why Toronto students might be biking to school on Monday

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 09:05

Monday is Bike to Work Day in the Greater Toronto Area.

The event has been going on for 25 years but this year, in conjunction, a new biking initiative is being launched to get children pedaling into physical fitness.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be launching its first Bike to School Day.

Read More: Why Toronto students might be biking to school on Monday – Toronto | Globalnews.ca.

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NEWS: New app lets you determine future bike lanes in Toronto

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:25

 

The City of Toronto wants to know where cyclists are riding their bikes, and it’s launching a new mobile app that tracks their every move, if users want it to, of course. Toronto Cycles, which is available for iPhone and Android, records and uploads details about where, when, and why people ride bikes in Toronto.

Read More: New app lets you determine future bike lanes in Toronto

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NEWS: Cycling giant rolls into Toronto with new store

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 00:25

A global cycling giant – if you will – has opened up its own standalone storefront on Queen West near Palmerston, making it Toronto’s first boutique associated with a major cycling brand. The store, once home to the Cycle Shoppe, is filled with bikes suitable for all riding styles and price ranges.

Read More: Cycling giant rolls into Toronto with new store

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NEWS: City of Toronto releases Cycling App to track cyclists trips and plan bike infrastructure

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:36

New app to track bike trips from the City of Toronto.  I hold out hope that they’ll release the data via the OpenData initiative… but I fear that hope may be misplaced.

The Toronto Cycling App is a new, free smartphone application that will enable cyclists to contribute to the future of cycling infrastructure in Toronto.

Download the Toronto Cycling App for Android or iPhone

About the App

Developed by Brisk Synergies for the City of Toronto, the app will allow cyclists to record their cycling routes and provide this data to the City.  The data will be part of the toolkit used to help inform the City’s data collection and analysis when developing new cycling network plans. Toronto is beginning work on a new Cycling Plan that will expand on the City’s existing 570 kilometre cycling network.  This new Cycling Plan will be presented to Toronto City Council in 2015.

via Toronto Cycling App – Bike Counts – Reports & Studies | City of Toronto.

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NEWS: Richmond and Adelaide bike lane pilot gets green light

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:50

Toronto cyclists are due to get separated lanes on Richmond and Adelaide streets this summer as part of a pilot project approved yesterday by the city’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. In addition to lanes on the east-west streets, there will be bike lanes added to Simcoe between Front an

Read More: Richmond and Adelaide bike lane pilot gets green light

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