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NEWS: The need for safe cycling infrastructure in Toronto spans generations

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 22:39
A great piece in the Star about the last 40 years of biking in Toronto: Marcus is now 45 and lives near St. Clair Ave. and Yonge St. He’s a successful executive for a condominium corporation. His daughter will soon be the age he was when he sat on the back of his dad’s bike. […]
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OH YEAH!  Bike traffic on Bloor Street has QUADRUPLED in 3 years!!

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:29
Such insanely great numbers!  We all need some good news this week: Bloor Street moves more people now than it did three years ago and the numbers show we have a protected bike lane to thank. In 2013 before the bike lane, the number of vehicles observed at the intersection of Bloor St and Brunswick […]
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STREETS: Meet the new kind of street coming to Toronto

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:25
Great introduction to Complete Streets in the Globe today: There’s a new kind of road coming to Toronto. A road that uses the space differently, recognizing that it has to do more than just move cars. One that is “beautiful and vibrant” and puts safety first – a crucial move in a city struggling with […]
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YES! 4.35 Million Trips in the Toronto Area could be done by bike

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 16:29
You should read this.  Great data nuggets from a new Ryerson Cycling report summarized by Torontoist. In 2011, an estimated 126,000 cycling trips were made each day. That’s a 61 per cent increase from 10 years before, but it works out to an abysmal less than one per cent of all trips. Seventy-eight per cent […]
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NEWS: Toronto hires Seattle planner as new transportation chief

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 15:45
  The city has announced Barbara Gray, the former deputy director of Seattle’s department of transportation, will start as the new general manager of transportation in early December. She will be in charge of the new road safety plan, designed to cut the number of pedestrians hit by cars, as well as other areas like […]
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VISION ZERO: Group takes aim at Toronto’s road violence epidemic

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:10
The 42 councillors and 1 mayor who did NOT show up for this event should be ashamed of themselves. The group – Friends & Families for Safe Streets – officially launched Tuesday at City Hall. It is spearheaded by people such as Mr. Stark, all of whom have lost a family member or close friend […]
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FACEPALM: Toronto panics as Bloor Street is made safer for citizens

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:55
Ahh, the media.  This story quotes TWO business owners (TWO!  Out of hundreds and hundreds of businesses along this stretch of Bloor St… hardly a representative sample). Let’s all pretend the sky is falling because an ICE CREAM SHOP sees a decrease in business between AUGUST and OCTOBER!  It’s truly the End Of Days, and […]
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NEWS: Mayor says don’t rush Bloor bike lane decision

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:20
Good on the Mayor for staying the course and wanting to collect actual evidence about the success of the Bloor bike lane instead of relying on one-off anecdotes from maybe 2 store owners. Also, props to the Metro newspaper for including early on in the article that while 135 parking spots were removed from Bloor […]
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NEWS: Korea Town business owners overreacting about Bloor bike lanes

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:30
You know, I’d like to see the income data from these businesses that are groaning about the absolutely wonderful new Bloor bike lanes. Since only about 10% of shoppers on Bloor get there by car, even if you made it *impossible* to park anywhere near Bloor, their business would only go down about 10%.  However, […]
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OH YEAH! Bike Lanes Are Now Super-Popular in Toronto!

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:36
Has Toronto turned the corner when it comes to accepting the bicycle as a legitimate part of our transportation system? A Forum Research poll from September 30 provides good reasons for optimism. The survey found 70 per cent of Torontonians favour bike lanes compared to a mere 22 per cent who oppose them. A majority […]
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OH YEAH! Here is the new protected bike lane on the Bloor St. Viaduct!

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 08:36
The best new bike lane in Toronto may be Bloor Street, or it may be Bayview, or it may be the Bloor Viaduct! 5 years (!) after City Council voted to make the Bloor East bikelane a protected one, rigid plastic bollards have been added to the Bloor Viaduct. While concrete barriers would be much […]
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OH YEAH! Bayview bike lane is a game changer

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 16:39
Can’t wait to try this out.  Bayview was a scary nightmare.. now it looks like a dream of rainbows and unicorns… There are a number of finishing touches still required before construction will officially wrap on the project, but cyclists have already started using the guardrail-separated path that runs along the east side of the […]
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LAST DAY! Donate to Cycle Toronto and win Leafs Tickets!

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 10:59
The Cycle Toronto Fundraising Ride was yesterday, but it’s not too late to throw a bit of money their way to help them continue fighting for safe streets in Toronto! Donate via this link and you can win $400 Leafs tickets (for the Nov. 8th game vs. the L.A. Kings, donated by Singer Kwinter Personal […]
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OH YEAH! The Viaduct bike lane is *FINALLY* getting protection!

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 10:43
I was on the Cycle Toronto Fundraising Ride yesterday (it’s not too late to donate and win Leafs tickets and support safe cycling infrastructure across Toronto) and as we passed over the Viaduct, we all noticed a small work crew installing little metal plates into the bike lane lines on the bridge. On my way […]
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NEWS: Poor infrastructure keeps women from cycling

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:48
One of the best ways to get more Torontonians cycling is to make it safer and focus on women, a new report from the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Ryerson University finds. Only one in 3 cyclists in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton are female. It’s a statistic that’s in keeping with other North American cities. “[Some] studies have […]
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SURPRISE! Cars driving in downtown bike lane

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:46
I disagree with the city on this one.  This lane completely needs one simple “flexi-post” at the intersection of Wellesley and Queens Park. A video of cars turning mistakenly into a bike lane on Wellesley Street at the corner of Queens Park Crescent East is racking up views on YouTube, but the City of Toronto […]
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NEWS: Research finds 1/3 of all trips in Toronto region could be made by bicycle

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 21:28
5 km is a 15 minute bike ride.  You can do it! GTHA residents take 14 million trips every day. The majority (63%) of these trips are short trips less than 5 kilometres, and yet, only 6% of these short trips are currently either walked or cycled. In comparison, 4.35 million trips within the GTHA […]
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OH YEAH! 137 new bicycle racks coming to city parks

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 21:06
It’s about time.  Bike racks are full EVERYWHERE in Toronto. Next week, Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee will consider a request to install 137 new bicycle racks at selected parks and community centres. The project would cost an estimated $200,000 and be phased in over the next two years. Priority will be given to parks […]
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FACT: Sexism is part of Toronto’s bike scene

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:57
A needed article on CBC.  It’s not just bike shops either.  Based on the experience of some female friends organizing female cycling events, I would wager that McFarlane is getting her fair share of trolls and man-babies offended that she’s a founder of the Bad Girls Bike Club. “It’s such a traditionally male-dominated industry, and […]
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NEWS: 14 year-old cyclist struck near Yonge and St. Clair, rushed to hospital with serious injuries

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 17:54
A 14-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was struck while riding his bicycle north of Yonge and St. Clair Friday morning. The 14-year-old cyclist was transported to hospital with serious injuries, Brister said. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call 53 Division. More: Cyclist, 14, struck near Yonge […]
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