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NEWS: Toronto expands dedicated bike lanes ticketing to 3 officers!

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 22:20
So amazing!! Cyclists who cheered on Toronto’s famous bike lane guardian — and demanded more like him — got their wish. Kyle Ashley, the parking enforcement officer who has zapped lane invaders with $150 tickets since June, and shamed corporate offenders on Twitter, is now part of a three-person squad. Sabrina Kloetzig and Erin Urquhart joined Ashley […]

NEWS: Canada Post vows to quit blocking Toronto bike lanes

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:38
Well, pigs are flying or something… Canada Post vehicles will stop parking in Toronto bike lanes, the Crown corporation announced after a Star story highlighted cyclist safety concerns. “Canada Post understands the concerns raised regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto,” the postal service said in a statement Tuesday. “As a result, we are instructing our […]

NEWS: Driver gets 4 years in prison for hit-and-run that killed Toronto cyclist

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:47
It’s better than a lot of recent rulings, but still not enough.  If you kill someone like this guy did, you should be in jail far longer than 4 years, and you should never be able to drive again. The family of a 26-year-old cyclist, who was killed in a hit-and-run by a 19-year-old driver […]

NEWS: Canada Post has the most infractions for parking in bike lanes

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:15
  It’s something we all know… delivery vehicles, and especially Canada Post, are pretty big bike lane parking jerks. He estimates up to 90 per cent of his tickets land on the windshields of delivery vehicles including those of courier companies FedEx, Purolator and UPS. In his experience, however, Canada Post — the nation’s mail […]

NEWS: Cyclist’s death renews calls for stricter penalties for drivers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:10
If you’re not disgusted by the non-consequences of killing someone with a car, then you’re failing at being human. The crash that killed Gary Sim cut his life short and robbed his family of a loved one. By law, the most it will cost the driver who hit him is a few hundred dollars. The […]

App-based bike-sharing startup Dropbike launches at University of Toronto

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 22:07
A new bike-sharing startup has launched in Toronto, which could create competition for the city’s Bike Share program. The startup, called Dropbike, kicked off a pilot project at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus on June 15. Sixty-eight bright orange bikes appeared on campus, with plans to add more as demand increases. More: App-based […]

OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto sets new records, offers free rides in July

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:05
With Bike Share Toronto hitting record ridership numbers on a regular basis, the cycling service will announce a free ride promotion for the first time this July. Bike Share Toronto set a new one-day ridership record of 6,490 on Wednesday, June 21, breaking the previous record set just a week before. Ridership increased by 60 […]

Bloor Street businesses launch ‘passport’ to encourage residents and cyclists to shop locally

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:36
More than 70 businesses and cyclists along Bloor Street are partnering up for a new program, called Bike and Buy: Tour de Bloor Passport, to forge community relations and encourage residents and cyclists to shop locally. As part of the program, which has been developed by local residents’ associations and Cycle Toronto, shoppers pick up a “passport” and […]

GET INVOLVED: Attend a Public Meeting TONIGHT in support of the Bloor bike lanes!

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:56
Via Cycle Toronto: The Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project was approved by City Council in May 2016. Since then, City Transportation staff have been monitoring and evaluating the pilot project. Join us at the upcoming Public Drop-in Event on Monday June 5 where City staff will be sharing their latest findings. Cycle Toronto staff and volunteers […]

CARNAGE: Woman in her 20s struck by vehicle while cycling

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:35
Lack of proper infrastructure (I’ve embedded the streetview of the intersection above) is injuring and possible killing someone again: Toronto police say a cyclist has life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle near the University of Toronto Scarborough campus Wednesday. Paramedics say the woman is in her 20s. She has been rushed to a local trauma […]

DEATH BY DESIGN: Child’s death prompts call for further safety measures for Toronto cyclists

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 16:46
So, we’re either at a crossroads where Toronto will either get serious about making the public realm safe for all road users, or continue to plan according to the principle of moving the most cars as quickly as possible, with kids, elderly, and 70+ people a year dying being “acceptable losses”. “In some places, quite […]

FAIL: Toronto traffic infrastructure is failing (and killing) Torontonians.

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 11:36
The horrific news this week of a 5 year old on a bike falling onto a high-speed road *because* Toronto is too cheap/lazy/ignorant of the issues of putting a recreational trail right beside a road drivers treat like a highway *without* any kind of safety precautions raises some interesting questions about priorities at City Hall. […]

NEWS: Kensington Market bike lanes approved by council

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:11
It’s debatable if Kensington needs bike lanes (bikes take over most of the time anyway), BUT it’s good to have lines on a map to tell new cyclists where bike lanes are, and that it’s feasible to get across the city, somehow, on two wheels. Commuters can look forward to an easier, faster ride through […]

CARNAGE: City councillor supports safety review of cycling path where boy, 5, was struck and killed

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:58
  A great first step, in the aftermath of a completely preventable horrible death by car.  Shouldn’t there be a safety review of all roads in Toronto?  Cars kill someone in this city every 4-5 days. A Toronto city councillor says he would support a safety review of the cycling path along Lake Shore Boulevard […]

VISION ZERO FAIL: Cycling deaths just ‘a matter of time’ on path without safety barriers

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:32
If you read the comments in the stories of a 5 year old boy dying after falling off the bike path located right next to a high speed highway with no physical barriers, you’ll see people who barely qualify as human engaging in victim-blaming. The lack of attention that Toronto pays to making sure infrastructure is safe […]

BLOOR EVENT: Mon, June 5 – Bloor bike lane public meeting

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:44
There’s another public meeting for the Bloor bike lane pilot.  Come out and show your support! Public Drop-in Event #3 Join us for our third public event to learn about the technical evaluation completed to date, review summaries of on-going public feedback, and discuss your experience and suggestions for the future of these cycling facilities. […]

CARNAGE: Boy, 5, dies after falling off bike path onto Lake Shore Boulevard

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:10
Hey, maybe having a highway where people regularly drive 100 km/h (and more) right beside a bike trail isn’t the best idea?  Toronto’s lack of proper infrastructure kills someone again: A five-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle on Lake Shore Boulevard Wednesday evening. The child was riding his bike on the […]

NEWS: Dropbike bike sharing service will debut later this summer

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:51
Unlike Bike Share Toronto, Dropbike will not have large docks. This helps reduce costs, Weng explained, as in conventional bike-share setups “most of the cost comes from the dock itself.” With the new service, bikes live in virtual “havens” in public spaces. Cyclists will find their ride via an app and scan its QR code […]

NEWS: Cyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after being doored near Kensington Market

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:34
Toronto police say a cyclist has suffered life-threatening injuries after he was doored in the area of Dundas Street West and Denison Avenue, near Bathurst Street. Police received calls around 8:40 p.m. Police initially said the cyclist was rushed to hospital with critical injuries. However, later Wednesday night a police tweet indicated the male cyclist’s injuries are life-threatening. […]

NEWS: Dropbike bike sharing service launching in Toronto

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:29
Between Bikeshare Toronto, the new Biko App that rewards people for biking and now another bikesharing service named Dropbike, it feels like biking is hitting a tipping/saturation point in Toronto *despite* our lack of safe infrastructure…. Toronto is about to get another bike sharing service that’ll make it easier than ever to cycle around the […]