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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FIST PUMPS!  Majority of Torontonians favour bike lanes, new survey suggests

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 09:49
Bookmark this link. Print it out. Put it under your pillow to help you sleep at night.  Mail 1000 copies to your favourite anti-bikelane councillor (I’m looking at you Stephen)… Seven in 10 Torontonians support bike lanes generally and a majority approve of the new lanes on Bloor St. W., according to a new Forum […]

CARNAGE: September – another horrific month on the roads of Toronto

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 10:05
Along with Biking Toronto, I also post news stories about death and injuries on the roads of the Greater Toronto Area (it’s a weird hobby, I admit) that I see pop up in my news feeds over on the Toronto Carnage Blog Toronto Carnage documents the death and destruction wrought by cars on our city. It’s not an exhaustive […]

NEWS: Woodbine bike lanes closer to becoming reality

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 19:57
Great news, and good to hear about the letter from the Woodbine Heights Association who makes the point that Woodbine is so fast and dangerous now that people avoid it which makes it hard for commercial businesses – making the street more people-friendly with bike lanes will help encourage businesses to come back and thrive […]

CARNAGE: Car strikes 2 bike cops in hit and run

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 13:37
Two Toronto police officers on bicycles were slightly injured on Saturday night when they were struck by a vehicle in a hit and run. Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for the Toronto police, said the officers stopped the vehicle, a silver-coloured Honda Pilot SUV, on Baldwin Street near Spadina Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. When the […]

NEWS: Cyclist in 60s found dead next to bike in Etobicoke

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 12:47
A man believed to be in his 60s was found next to his bike without vital signs in Etobicoke early Saturday said police. He was discovered just after 3:48 a.m. Saturday when police received a call about a person who appeared to be unconscious. Police said the cyclist was found on Evans Ave. near Sam […]

NEWS: Driver who ran red light and killed cyclist sentenced to 2 years in jail

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:33
Adrian Dudzicki, 23, was cycling to squash practice on the morning he was killed by a driver who recklessly sped through a red light at an intersection in North York. The now 23-year-old driver, Aleksey Aleksev, was sentenced Wednesday to a jail term of two years less a day, three years of probation and a […]

NEWS: End of the road for bike licensing idea

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 20:06
Good job by the Public Works Committee in realizing (except for one member) what an idiotic and unfeasible this idea was… A controversial proposal to have cyclists obtain a city-issued licence for their bicycles was shot down at city hall Tuesday. Councilor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) called the idea “preposterous” and introduced a motion […]

CARNAGE: More than 1,000 cyclists and pedestrians hit on Toronto streets since June 1

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:48
10 people get hit by a car in Toronto EVERY DAY.  If these were shootings, the whole city would freak out constantly.   The local media freaked out when 33 shootings happened in the summer of 2005, dubbing it “The Summer of the Gun”… but 1000 people getting hit by cars means nothing. Why aren’t […]

BIKE IT! Get ready for loads of Toronto subway closures this fall

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:18
Fact: biking in the autumn is amazing. Not too hot, not too cold.  You never get stuck in traffic, you never get crammed onto shuttle buses (and pay for the privilege of being smushed up next to some creepy guy), never get short-turned…. Subway closures this fall: SEPTEMBER   Line 1 Yonge-University: Bloor-Yonge to Osgoode […]

NEWS: Mini-sized bike lanes now on O’Connor Bridge

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 00:28
  They’re not bike lanes at all… but carves out a bit of space to allow cyclists to feel a little safer over the only connection between the two halves of East York. The City of Toronto has now installed mini-sized bicycle lanes along the edge of both sides of the four-lane road on the O’Connor Drive […]

NEWS: City rebuilding Bathurst and Adelaide with bikes in mind

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 00:11
The intersection of Bathurst and Adelaide is getting a makeover, and its new look should appeal to cyclists. As many as 3,500 cyclists pedal the Adelaide cycle tracks every day. The volume of bike traffic is causing crowding problems at Bathurst, where Adelaide jogs north if you’re heading east. According to a city report, eastbound […]

FACEPALM: City hall committee to talk about licensing bikes … again

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:09
You know, for a councillor who is “fiscally conservative” and is all concerned about saving tax dollars, Stephen Holiday sure is irresponsible with city staff resources and time: Toronto has looked at the possibilities for bicycle licensing 3 times in the last 30 years, and has a comprehensive section about it (and why it won’t work) on […]