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NEWS: Ministry of Labour orders bike racks removed from certain TTC buses

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:44

If you’re a cyclist who relies on an articulated TTC bus as part of your commute, you’ll have to get by without the bike rack until the transit agency figures out a solution to a recently discovered safety issue. Bicycles plunked on the racks of certain buses can impair a driver’s view of the road, […]

NEWS: Drivers who door cyclists, use phones face tougher fines in Ontario

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:17

Ontario plans to double fines for motorists who door cyclists or use their mobile phones while driving, as part of a sweeping road-safety crackdown. On Tuesday afternoon, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca reintroduced a list of amendments to the Highway Traffic Act in the legislature. The Liberal government originally put the proposals forward in the […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Bikelanes FINALLY come to Lansdowne (5 years after being approved)

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:17

Great news!  5 years after approval, the city is FINALLY installing bikelanes on Lansdowne. Finally! Bike lanes on Lansdowne, a year after our Ward 14 & 18 Advocacy Groups organized the Phantom Bike Lane Ride for the approved-but-not-installed “phantom” lanes! Plus a great new mural by Maya Hayuk! Photo by Twitter user El Costello: […]

NEWS: Chief Planner releases proposed Bike Policy Framework: A Toronto-wide Grid

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:49

Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, has tweeted out a graphic of a proposed Bike Policy Framework, saying “a city-wide-grid would make cycling a *true* transportation choice. The downtown area is marked with the words “further evolution of a maturing cycling culture”, while the old burbs are marked with “big gestures needed to expand cycling”. I […]

NEWS: Dandyhorse breaks down the leading Mayoral Candidates (and a clown)

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:57

Sketchy the Clown would make a terrible mayor, especially for those of us you who have an unnatural fear of clowns. But the candidate does support Toronto’s cyclists. Doug Ford would also make a terrible mayor, and that is partly because he doesn’t really like bikes. Ford, the elder brother of our current ailing mayor, recently […]

NEWS: University of Toronto students create plug-free electric car-bike

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:43

It’s a car! It’s a bike! No … it’s a plug-free electric hybrid prototype! OK, so they need to work on the name, but it’s a smart concept: a team of PhD candidates from the University of Toronto has created an electric pedal-powered car-bike that could help beat the traffic snarls that plague our city’s […]

NEWS: Cyclist dead after collision in Scarborough

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:56

A male cyclist has died after being struck by a vehicle in Scarborough, Toronto Paramedic Services confirm. The collision occurred around 2:15 p.m., on Warden Ave., near Bertrand Ave., north of Eglinton Ave. E., according to paramedics. The man, whose exact age is unknown but paramedics say is middle-aged, was found without vital signs. He […]

NEWS: Ward 18’s Ana Bailao lying about supporting bikes?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:52

I guess it means something that politicians are now blatantly lying to try and garner votes from cyclists. Before reading article linked below, I’ll quote this article from 2012, after Bailao voted to remove the Jarvis bikelanes. And then there’s Councillor Ana Bailão, presiding over a chunk of downtown in Ward 18 – Davenport. She […]

NEWS: Cyclict suffers serious head injury in collision with streetcar

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:20

A middle-aged male cyclist is the third person to be struck by a TTC streetcar in less than three weeks.Paramedics responded to a call of a cyclist hit by a streetcar on Queen St. W. near Spadina Ave. shortly before 1:30 a.m.The cyclist was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, said EMS. More: Cyclict […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Should the Jarvis bike lanes be re-installed?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:25

The removal of the Jarvis bike lanes in November 2012 was costly and disregarded the wishes of the residents and cyclists who protested the removal and demanded public consultation. The removal of these lanes damaged Toronto’s reputation on a national and international scale at a time when other cities were forging ahead with more bike […]

NEWS: #MinimumGrid – A model for protected-lane politics

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:10

Very cool.  Cycle Toronto‘s #MinimumGrid campaign makes it onto the People for Bikes blog. Almost all urban politicians will tell you they think bikes are great. But only some actually do anything to make biking more popular. In Toronto’s current mayoral and city council election, a new political campaign is focusing candidates on a transportation policy […]

Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, win a new bike!

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:59

In the upcoming days I’ll have posts featuring the companies and organizations who have donated prizes.  You can see them listed below as well.  Also, if you are (or work with) a company or organization interested in donating a prize and getting some exposure on BikingToronto, get in touch with me at joe[at]bikingtoronto[dot]com.  this promotion […]

Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, get a free shirt

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:52

Just a quick reminder post.  In the upcoming days I’ll have posts featuring the companies and organizations who have donated prizes.  You can see them listed below as well.  Also, if you are (or work with) a company or organization interested in donating a prize and getting some exposure on BikingToronto, get in touch with […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: This Yonge-401 Bypass Trail idea is amazing!

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:20

Well, this is pretty much GENIUS.  A wonderful infrastructure idea from the CycleToronto Yonge Working Group that solves the problem of making safe cycling infrastructure in the Yonge and 401 area that also eliminates the descent into and crazy climb out of Hogg’s Hollow. More info here: Yonge-401 Bypass Trail – Overview – YouTube.

Cyclist struck, seriously injured at Shaw and Dundas

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 18:09

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike in the city’s west end. It happened around 1:30 a.m. as the man was riding his bike at Dundas and Shaw streets. More: Cyclist struck, seriously injured in west end |

80% of responding Toronto Mayoral and Council candidates support building the Minimum Grid

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:50

Today, Cycle Toronto is pleased to announce that 80% of 142 responding candidates from 42 of Toronto’s 44 wards support building the Minimum Grid in the next term of council. 63% of council incumbents responded to our election questionnaire and 92% of those incumbents support building the Minimum Grid in the next term of council. […]

Join (or Renew) with Cycle Toronto, Get Free Stuff and Win Prizes

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:45

Biking Toronto has made a bit of revenue this year from ads and it is enough to get 100 shirts printed.I thought that a good way to decide who to give the shirts to would be to tie it in to people joining or renewing their membership with CycleToronto via their Refer-A-Rider campaign.If you’re not familiar […]

OH YEAH! FREE I Bike T.O. Shirts and Prizes for supporting cycling in Toronto!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:31

It’s time for Cycle Toronto’s Refer-A-Rider campaign, and I’m taking part!   If you join up (or renew – just use the same email and you’ll get a year added onto your current membership), not only will you support CycleToronto’s amazing work, but also get superb member benefits! Also – because I like you, I’m […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Flex-post bollards now installed on Adelaide

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:26

Awww yeah.  Flex-post bollards on Adelaide.  Let’s get these on every bikelane. Bollards now installed to Adelaide CycleTrack, Bathurst-Spadina via Toronto Cycling on Twitter

INFRASTRUCTURE: Pan Am Games velodrome nears completion in Milton

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:17

If you’re into competitive cycling, then this is news for you. The cycling track inside the still-under-construction Milton velodrome won’t be ready for another few weeks still, but even now Curt Harnett can hardly help himself. The three-time Olympic cycling medallist and Canada’s chef de mission for the 2015 Pan Am Games is like an […]