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NEWS: Will 2016 be the year Toronto gets serious about road safety?

14 hours 28 min ago

It’s really disappointing that this article includes a quote from Toronto’s manager of transportation, who seems to think that 64 deaths per year is somehow acceptable. Despite the high number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015, Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation, insisted Toronto’s streets are still safe.The 64 deaths on Toronto’s roads last […]
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NEWS: Will 2016 be the year Toronto gets serious about road safety?

14 hours 28 min ago

It’s really disappointing that this article includes a quote from Toronto’s manager of transportation, who seems to think that 64 deaths per year is somehow acceptable. Despite the high number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015, Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of transportation, insisted Toronto’s streets are still safe.The 64 deaths on Toronto’s roads last […]
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RIDE YOUR BIKE: TTC fares got more expensive today

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 16:39

It looks like we’re going to have a mild winter, which means the roads should be fairly clear.  This is another excuse to avoid the TTC and bike to work. TTC fares hikes will come into effect Sunday.These hikes include a 25 cent increase to adult cash fare, bumping them up to $3.25. The cost […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto friends share their love of reading with bicycle book library

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 10:51

This is awesome.  I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this before now!  Great job Madeleine and Sarah! Madeleine Curry and Sarah Beaudin’s books cover a lot of ground. In the summer, they cycle the streets of Toronto with 18 kilograms of books in tow. The titles find their way from their bike to the […]
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OH YEAH! Toronto should pay people to cycle with money from drivers!

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 23:22

Hey, we have “sin taxes” on everything else – cigarettes and booze being the biggies.  If we want to discourage bad behaviour (driving everywhere) and encourage good behaviour (using transit, walking and cycling), tax the bad behaviour and reward the good behaviour. A Swedish plan to pad the pockets of cyclists – using money taken […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: City makes it easier to cycle in Toronto this winter

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 11:12

Well, if we actually get some snow this winter, I’m curious about how the city performs.  The Viaduct bikelanes are a disaster in the winter, which is awful, considering it’s one of the most important connections in the city. The City of Toronto will make it a whole lot easier to ride a bike this […]
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JOBS: Cycle Toronto Communications & Education Manager

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 12:29

  A very interesting position at Cycle Toronto has opened up. Go apply if you want to part of a great organization doing great things for Toronto. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented, creative, collaborative, entrepreneurial and a self-starter. They should have a strong understanding of social marketing and experience working with or within not-for-profit organizations. […]
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OH YEAH! Donate to Cycle Toronto, and your donation is DOUBLED!

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 18:14

Via Cycle Toronto: We are extremely excited to announce that for the month of December, all donations made to our Street Smarts educational programming will be matched by BMO Nesbitt Burns, up to a maximum of $10,000! That means every dollar you donate will be DOUBLED until December 31st; your $5 donation will become $10 […]
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NEWS: Cyclist in trauma centre after collision

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 17:59

A cyclist has been taken to a Toronto trauma centre following a collision Sunday.Emergency services crews were called to Dufferin St. near Davenport Rd. around 6:40 a.m.A Toronto Paramedic Services spokesperson said the cyclist, a man in his mid-20s, was taken to hospital in serious condition. More: Cyclist in Toronto trauma centre after collision | […]
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TTC to become more bike-friendly in 2016

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 18:36

Great news!  I’ll use this space to [again] ask the TTC to work with Bikeshare Toronto (you are BOTH city agencies, after all!) to put bikeshare docks at EVERY subway station.  Let people bike along the subway routes when your service goes down.  Bus and streetcar stops are probably a good idea as well. At […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: What does Toronto’s new bike plan offer Scarborough?

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:01

In a previous post, I explained how small local investments in Scarborough’s cycling infrastructure could improve livability, safety, and prosperity, especially in communities with limited transportation options. This post examines Toronto’s proposed Cycling Network Plan and the potential impact that cycling investments could have in Scarborough. More: What does Toronto’s new bike plan offer Scarborough? […]
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NEWS: Mayor Tory open to using tech to catch cars, taxis parked in bike lanes

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:54

The countless frustrated social media posts about private cars, taxis, and delivery trucks blocking Toronto bike lanes might finally be getting real action. After a weekend that saw cabbies criticized for turning parts of Beverley Street into an illegal taxi stand, Mayor John Tory says he’s ready to talk improvements with police. At a press […]
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NEWS: Mayor Tory open to using tech to catch cars, taxis parked in bike lanes

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:54

The countless frustrated social media posts about private cars, taxis, and delivery trucks blocking Toronto bike lanes might finally be getting real action. After a weekend that saw cabbies criticized for turning parts of Beverley Street into an illegal taxi stand, Mayor John Tory says he’s ready to talk improvements with police. At a press […]
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OH YEAH! Five lessons Toronto could learn from New York’s transportation shift

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:33

It’s often called the biggest transformation in how New Yorkers move in a half-century. From 2007 to 2013, under mayor Michael Bloomberg, transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw the addition of hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, hectares of new pedestrian plazas and concerted efforts to calm driving. Safety improved but vehicle congestion didn’t spike. Ms. […]
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OH YEAH! Five lessons Toronto could learn from New York’s transportation shift

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:33

It’s often called the biggest transformation in how New Yorkers move in a half-century. From 2007 to 2013, under mayor Michael Bloomberg, transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw the addition of hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes, hectares of new pedestrian plazas and concerted efforts to calm driving. Safety improved but vehicle congestion didn’t spike. Ms. […]
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OH YEAH! How cycling could help the Paris climate talks change the world

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 10:29

People ride a bike for all sorts of reasons: they’re fun; they keep you fit; in congested cities they have an amazing ability to deliver you to your destination on time. But what about saving the planet? That’s a tricky one. While cyclists face occasional taunts about being smug, self-righteous eco-warriors, in truth environmental considerations […]
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NEWS: Toronto ponders taking photos, then ticketing cars blocking bike lanes

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:13

City of Toronto bylaw officers could be given the green light by this spring to ticket vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes by snapping a photo. If the change is implemented, staff would be able to use the photo to look up the registered owner of the vehicle and then send that person a ticket in the mail. More: Toronto ponders […]
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NEWS: Bike Lanes on Bloor Street’s Horizon

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 02:03

The long-awaited plan for bike lanes on Bloor is slowly pedaling itself into reality. Last night was the first public drop-in event for Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project, where the plans were visually displayed for attendees to evaluate, comment on, and discuss with any of the other 200 people in attendance including local councillors […]
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NEWS: Blocked bike lanes heat up war between Toronto cyclists and drivers

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 01:42

Behan complimented the city for setting up protected bikes lanes on several downtown streets but said it could do more. “It’s great to have them,” he said. “I’m very supportive of the city for putting them here but without an enforcement strategy to keep them clear they don’t serve their purpose correctly.” More: Blocked bike […]
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NEWS: Blocked bike lanes heat up war between Toronto cyclists and drivers

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 01:42

Behan complimented the city for setting up protected bikes lanes on several downtown streets but said it could do more. “It’s great to have them,” he said. “I’m very supportive of the city for putting them here but without an enforcement strategy to keep them clear they don’t serve their purpose correctly.” More: Blocked bike […]
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