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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

NEWS: Torontonians who lost loved ones to road violence call for safer streets

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:51
This was powerful.  If you’d like to watch the full vigil, I livestreamed it to the Biking Toronto Facebook Group, and you can watch it. “Right now, [traffic crimes] are almost treated like this is a victimless crime. This is not a victimless crime. My dad was a victim. My whole family were victims,” said […]

NEWS: UPS to deliver downtown Toronto packages by bike

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:22
Have you ever been stuck behind a large, brown, UPS truck in heavy traffic? The delivery company is now trying to combat that problem in Toronto by bringing its cargo bikes to the city. Mayor John Tory announced today that UPS approached City Hall with the idea to launch their cargo bike service in Toronto […]

CARNAGE: Cyclist, 39, dies in King St. W. collision

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:36
A 39-year-old cyclist has died after he was struck by a pickup during the morning rush hour near Liberty Village on Wednesday. Just after 9 a.m., police say they responded to a collision call in the King St. West and Cowan Ave. area. A man, 26, was driving a Ford Ranger truck southbound when he […]

NEWS: Committee votes in favour of making Bloor bike lanes permanent

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:05
Good news from PWIC today.  The decision will go to City Council in a few weeks. Bloor bike lanes can be such a watershed moment for Toronto finally embracing being a city that works for all modes of transport. People riding bikes is not going away.  Let’s embrace that. The matter will now go before […]

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 […]