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NEWS: Torontonians launch campaign in favour of King St. pilot

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:49
Have you biked on King St. since the streetcar priority pilot started in the fall?  It’s such a great place to bike now.  Any street design that de-prioritizes cars is good for bikes, even without bike lanes. Resident associations, advocacy groups launch campaign in favour of King St. pilot project | Toronto Star Transit activists […]

NEWS: Toronto pursuing Vision Zero in theory, but with little commitment

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:14
City to stick with Vision Zero, but some councillors question its commitment | Toronto Star A community donation program is outlined in the staff report. By the end of 2018, donors will be able to make contributions online to “any specific countermeasure or program” within Vision Zero. Each donation must not exceed $50,000. When the […]

RECAP: Cycle Toronto Etobicoke Advocacy Summit

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 00:53
Great recap of the recent Cycle Toronto Etobicoke Advocacy Summit from Biking in a Big City. This past Tuesday, Cycle Toronto invited people from Etobicoke for a meeting to update us about what the City of Toronto has planned for the cycling network over the next three years. It was also a chance to meet others, and […]

OH YEAH: TCAT releases the “Learning to be a Bicycle Friendly Driver” Report

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:36
The report looks at the feasibility of offering additional training to drivers in Toronto (both professional and the public), with the goal of helping them more safely share the road with people on bikes. The findings reveal an urgent need for this type of training and an unprecedented willingness on the part of businesses to […]

NEWS: Toronto police officer charged with assault of cyclist

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:43
A Toronto police officer faces charges over an October 2017 incident that sent a man to hospital. The province’s Special Investigations Unit says the officer arrested a 44-year-old cyclist alleged committed a traffic offence near Toronto’s downtown harbourfront area.  Officials say the cyclist went to hospital and found to have a “serious injury.” Investigators say Const. […]

NEWS: Why new bike lanes are good for everyone – yes, even drivers.

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 01:45
Why New Bike Lanes Are Good For Everyone — Yes, Even Drivers So, what do we know?: There’s been a reduction in cyclist injuries, even while cycling volumes have increased dramatically. Women especially are more likely to commute by bike if they have access to protected bike lanes. Everyone — cyclists, pedestrians and motorists — reports feeling safer on the road. One […]

NEWS: An Evidence Based Look At Why Women Aren’t Cycling

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 01:40
Beyond Fear And Feelings: An Evidence Based Look At Why Women Aren’t Cycling On Monday, the BBC reported that women are half as likely to cycle as men. A familiar round of concerned speculation started, fuelled by the reporter asking cyclists about their experiences, and hearing tales of street harassment and Womanning Up. Sustrans’ survey (which the BBC report […]

NEWS: Chinese bike sharing coming to Toronto?

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 00:02
BlogTO: Chinese bike sharing company planning Toronto launch Billing itself as “the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing platform,” Ofo has already raised more than $1.3 billion in venture capital and is available now in more than 180 major cities across the world. Like Dropbike, the Chinese company offers dockless bicycle rentals – you just pick up a registered, […]

NEWS: Mayor Tory opposes bike lanes in north Yonge remake

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:22
Mayor Tory thinks that the above photo is a Yonge Street that “works well” and opposes adding bike lanes and wider sidewalks.  What a horrible street, both for drivers AND everyone else. “Downtown North York should be more than a sea of highrises with six lanes of highway running down the middle,” said Filion, who […]

2017 Review: 10 Most Popular Biking Toronto Posts This Year

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 16:59
What  a year 2017 was.  A lot of stuff happened, but here are the 10 posts from the past year that received the most views: 1. CARNAGE: Boy, 5, dies after falling off bike path onto Lake Shore Boulevard A completely awful death on Lakeshore Boulevard this year, on a part of the Martin-Goodman Trail that ran […]

2017 Review: 10 Amazing Bike Things That Happened in Toronto This Year

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 15:23
Another year has come and gone and it’s sometimes easy to lose track of all the amazing bike things happening in Toronto. Here’s a list of my favourites from this year (in no particular order): 1. Bloor Street Bike Lanes Made Permanent 40 years in the making… the Bloor bike lanes finally exist.  After a […]

BIKE THEFT: Could an app solve Toronto’s bike theft problem?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:38
Cycle Toronto is in discussions with the city and police about the possibility of following Vancouver’s lead. The cycling advocacy group says an app would be an important step toward cracking bike theft in Toronto. “I think quite frankly the system here is broken,” said Jared Kolb, executive director of Cycle Toronto. “It’s time to […]

NEWS: More cyclists getting doored on city streets

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:32
Incidents of “dooring,” when a cyclist is hit by an opening car door, are on the rise in Toronto, says a cycling advocacy group, which is calling on the city to address the problem in its road safety plan. The number of dooring collisions went up in 2015 and 2016, Cycle Toronto said in a release, citing […]

SUPPORT THE CAUSE! Help Cycle Toronto raise $50,000 for Street Smarts Programs

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:09
Today is Giving Tuesday (a day to donate to causes you care about), which follows the crazy consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Please consider donating some money to Cycle Toronto via their partnership with Culturelink to fund the amazing Street Smarts program. You’ll support cycling advocacy AND get a charitable tax receipt! (just […]

OH YEAH!!!!  City council votes to make Bloor St. bike lanes permanent!

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:30
Oh yeah!  After people advocating for *something* on Bloor for 40 years (!!) the Bloor bike lanes are now permanent, ending a 1-year pilot. The vote was 36 to 6, with Mayor John Tory voting in favour. Two of his deputy mayors, Denzil Minnan-Wong and Stephen Holyday, were opposed. A city staff report released last month found […]

CARNAGE: Driver charged in death of Parkdale cyclist

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:30
A 26-year-old driver has been charged in the collision that killed Parkdale cyclist David Delos Santos in mid-October. The man was driving a Ford Ranger pickup southbound on Cowan Avenue at King Street W. when he collided with a westbound streetcar and then struck the 39-year-old cyclist, according to a police news release. The driver has been […]

FACEPALM: Bike-riding parking officer’s Twitter account suspended

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:44
The Toronto Police have suspended the twitter account of @TPS_ParkingPal after getting complaints about the account, because he shames people who are breaking the law (he usually covers up license plates for anonymity) If you can’t see the inherent danger of people parking in bike lanes and why people should be shamed for this, then you’ve […]

NEWS: Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants more Electric cars and bike lanes to reduce Toronto’s air pollution

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:25
I’m totally behind the more bike lanes part of this.  Electric cars are fine for out in the suburbs where decades of horrible “planning” has spread everything out… but not for a vibrant dense city.  Aside from pollution and gas, electric cars come with all the same issues as gas-powered cars: taking up too much […]

ELSEWHERE: 8 dead in NYC after truck slams into people on NYC bike path

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:47
Horrible news out of NYC today.  This is why you need to eliminate cars from urban centers as much as possible via infrastructure, barriers, etc.  Any idiot can use it as a weapon, and cars are everywhere. A man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center […]

NEWS: Driver tries to ram a cyclist, then blames the cyclist for being too aggressive.

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 14:23
The attitude of the driver is unbelievable, and society probably agrees with him. The driver and the cyclist agree on one thing: more separated bike lanes are needed in Toronto to prevent this sort of altercation. More: Cyclist posts video of close call with driver he accuses of being ‘road-ragey’ – Toronto – CBC News