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OH YEAH! Bloor Street bike lanes, Bad Girls Bike Club attracting female cyclists

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:26

Anecdotally, on my commute from Danforth East to downtown every day, women on bikes outnumber men.  That’s a great sign. Toronto cyclists are already calling the Bloor Street bike lanes a “game changer,” and some are hoping the lanes will get more female cyclists out on the streets. City of Toronto statistics from 2010 showed that women […]

LEARNING CURVES: Motorists are Already Driving in the New Bloor Bike Lanes

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 11:38

I’m a little disappointed in Torontoist for the headline of this article about *one* driver who, in the absence of signs, bike symbols painted on the road, or any separation post (which are being installed next week) mistook the new Bloor bikelane (a wide section near the Royal Ontario Museum). For a 2 km stretch of […]

OH YEAH! Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate!

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:32

Great piece from the David Suzuki Foundation that admonishes the apocalyptic tone that some media outlets have been taking when talking about adding bike lanes to Bloor (absolute chaos! cats and dogs living together!) and reiterating that in just about every case, a street with a bike lane makes that street better. The new bike […]

NEWS: Toronto drivers are already parking in the Bloor Street bike lanes

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 00:24

  Sigh. It’ll be nice when the city adds flex-post to this new bike lane in the next week.  Drivers will go anywhere they can physically fit their cars – society and safety be damned. That didn’t take long. Less than two days after construction began on the new Bloor Street bike lanes, photos of […]

OPINION: Do we need a conversation about phones and cycling?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 23:01

Weird piece in Spacing today.  I usually like John Lorinc’s opinion pieces, but this one seems very click-baity. The whole piece is based on him thinking he’s seeing more people texting while biking this year (and one almost hit is car!), and while anecdotes are good for opinion pieces, they shouldn’t be the basis for serious […]

NEWS: Bloor St. merchants taking bike lane installation in stride – so far

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 13:45

Oh, Toronto Star, why do have such a heart-on for cars sometimes? Cars don’t shop. People shop, and people shop locally.  Most of Bloor’s business activity comes from pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Stop perpetuating the myth that cars = economic activity. All cars do is clog up a street and empty out their owners […]

OH YEAH! Construction for Bloor bike lane project gets underway Tuesday

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 19:16

Decades in the making.  Bloor is coming! “I really like the direction Toronto’s going in with how we treat cyclists. I feel like five, 10 years ago everybody hated the cyclists, but now it’s becoming pretty normal,” Moreland told CBC News. “So I mean there’s more bikes on the road now than there ever has […]

NEWS: 1 cyclist killed, another injured following crash in Hamilton

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 00:47

Horrible news out of Hamilton: One cyclist is dead and another suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck from behind by a vehicle in Hamilton Sunday morning, OPP said. Police say the cyclists were riding eastbound on Highway 5, just west of Sydenham Road in Flamborough, when the collision occurred around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Two men, each around 45 […]

NEWS: Male cyclist struck by vehicle at Jane and Shoreham, in life-threatening condition

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 22:06

Serious collision up by York University.  I’ve tried biking up there, and sidewalks are the only option (when clear – always give the right-of-way to pedestrians) on streets like Jane where cars are always going 80-100 km/h. A male cyclist in his 40s has been rushed to a trauma centre after he was struck by a […]

OH YEAH! Toronto’s Bad Girls Bike Club wants to help young women get over city cycling fears

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 09:14

This is awesome.   After our post on Wednesday about the Bad Girls Bike Club became very popular, it’s been shared and picked up by “mainstream media”! When Claire McFarlane first started biking in Toronto she was scared to stray from bike lanes, haunted by stories of cyclist deaths and skittish about riding next to […]

VISION ZERO: It’s time to rise above road rage, Toronto

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:37

Great piece in the Star about how Toronto wants to be “World Class” but is unwilling to make itself safe for people, basically. As Toronto is attempting to position itself as a progressive, global city, in part by encouraging people to leave their automobiles at home, the fact remains: it’s wild out here. Earlier this […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclist accidents highlight need for new measures in road safety

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 20:11

Physically separated bike lanes, protected intersections and dedicated rights-of-way for streetcars could help prevent injuries on tracks, the study suggests. “I hope it will help to identify priority areas for where we might want to implement separated infrastructure,” said Anne Harris, an assistant professor in the school of occupational and public health at Ryerson University. […]

NEWS: Streetcar tracks major cause of serious downtown cycling crashes, new study finds

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 20:08

The study, by researchers at Ryerson University and the University of British Columbia, found that about a third of all serious bike crashes that took place in downtown Toronto were caused when cyclists got caught in streetcar tracks. “We’re hoping that putting some numbers [against this] will help set priorities,” says Anne Harris, one of the study’s co-authors. Speaking to Here and […]

NEWS: Bloor bike lane construction begins next week

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:44

Cyclists could be buzzing along Bloor Street in protected bike lanes as early as mid-August. The city announced Monday that construction on the long-awaited bike lane pilot will begin Aug. 2. All on-street parking between Shaw Street and Avenue Road will be removed to allow for new markings to be painted and bollards installed. The […]

NEWS: Cyclist struck by police cruiser in Scarborough

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:41

A cyclist is in hospital with serious head and upper body injuries after a collision involving a police cruiser in Scarborough. The collision happened after midnight along Kennedy Road near Merrian Road. More: Cyclist struck by police cruiser in Scarborough, SIU investigating – Toronto – CBC News

OH YEAH!  Bloor Bike Lane Installation to start on Aug. 2!

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 19:45

Get ready to ride Toronto!  Ride these as much as you can, and shop your hearts out at Bloor businesses on this stretch!  The city is measuring everything (as well they should). Let’s make every street without bike lanes extremely jealous! The City of Toronto will be installing separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) on Bloor […]

WEAKSAUCE: Richmond bike lane shut down until November: No alternate route provided

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:45

Excellent write-up in Dandyhorse (which seems to be duplicated exactly in NOW) about Toronto’s absolute ineptitude in making cycling an safe option for travel. Richmond St. under construction is a great example – having to shut down most of Richmond, a street that saw cycling volumes triple after a cycle track was put in with no effect […]

OH YEAH! #OpenStreetsTO expands its car-free pedestrian paradise to Dufferin and the Danforth!

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:22

OpenStreetsTO is getting bigger and better, expanding west along Bloor to Dufferin and east to the Danforth! On Aug. 21, the program will take over Yonge Street from Queen to Bloor, as well as Bloor Street from Parliament all the way to Dufferin. The program will stretch further Sept. 18, starting from Hampton Ave. on the […]

VISION ZERO: Safety advocates call for meeting with Toronto police

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:17

Victim blaming has to end. That’s the message from a group of cycling and pedestrian advocates asking for a meeting with Toronto police to discuss the way officers report on fatal collisions. The meeting was requested by Bike Law Canada founder Patrick Brown after what he and others — including Cycle Toronto and Walk Toronto […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Would you mind the Woodbine?

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 20:09

Read about the plan to put wonderful separated bikelanes on Woodbine Ave, all the way from Queen St. to O’Connor. While the earliest a pilot project can be secured on Danforth Avenue (a.k.a. The Danny) is in 2018, there is another east end cycling project expected to be installed this fall, which is Woodbine Avenue […]