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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 […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Bayview bike lane will be huge improvement to street

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 13:05
If you’ve driven along Bayview Avenue south of Pottery Rd. over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that the street boasts a smooth new surface and is marked by a sea of orange pylons. Both are in preparation for one of the most most significant but least talked about infrastructure improvements in Toronto this […]

NEWS: Unofficial count shows bike lanes on Bloor are boosting ridership

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 00:14
A preliminary tally of cyclists along Bloor Street suggests the road’s new bike lanes are boosting ridership, but the city says it’s too early to call the pilot project a success. Prior to the lanes’ installation, the city counted 3,571 daily riders along Bloor. But on Monday, cycling advocacy group Bells on Bloor says they […]

OH YEAH! More bike lanes could be coming to North York

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:03
Great things are happening in north Toronto! If Coun. Maria Augimeri had her ways, there would be bike lanes on every street in North York. “It’s about time. This is the 21st century. We should get moving by bikes,” said the Ward 9 councillor. She has a trio of proposals in pipeline towards that goal, […]

NEWS: Protected bike lanes could be coming to Yonge in North York

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 12:08
It’s happening again and again in Toronto – residents are asking for safe cycling and walking infrastructure all over the city (even the old suburbs) with less emphasis on car-centric planning. The new study Reimagining Yonge Street, led by the City of Toronto, is looking to bring a pedestrian- and bike-friendly vision to the booming […]

NEWS: Video captures brutal dooring of cyclist riding in Adelaide bike lane

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:54
The only cycling stories that make the newspapers are the ones about people getting hurt, which makes biking seem very unsafe… Biking is super safe…. it’s biking with unsafe drivers that isn’t. “There need to be more bike lanes; there need to be more laws in place for the safety of cyclists … and enforcing […]

NEWS: Bike Share Toronto offers huge discounts to Presto users!

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:39
Bike Share Toronto is offering Presto card owners a hefty discount on new memberships in a bid to boost subscriptions and strengthen the link between public transit and cycle share use. Under the terms of the deal, which Bike Share launched Thursday, transit riders who use a Presto fare card will pay half price if […]

NEWS: Police investigating after taxi runs bike courier off the road

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 19:05
Who’s really surprised at this?  Cab drivers are horrible drivers, and don’t give a crap about the safety of other people on the road.  They only care about more fares.  Having said this, some bike couriers bike dangerously, caring about deliveries too… but a car should be operated much more safely than a bike… Police […]

READ: Bike Safety is Still an Issue for Women in Toronto

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:22
Good in-depth article from Torontoist about the Bad Girls Bike Club (BikingToronto blogged about them here and here and here). Unfortunate to hear that some idiots are offended that it’s a club for people who identify as female.  I mean, grow up, haters. Bad Girls Bike Club had its second opening a couple of weeks […]

NEWS:  New separated bike lane on Bayview is under construction

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:36
Check out Dandyhorse for a great write up about a separated bike lane going in on Bayview Avenue! While bike lanes on Bloor have dominated cycling coverage over the past few weeks, another significant part of the 10-year-cycling network is scheduled to be built right now as well. Bayview Avenue is a major north-south corridor […]

BLOOR: A Korean Bakery on Bloor needs some good cycling vibes

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:00
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first “needs good cycling vibes” business on Bloor. Hodo Kwaja (656 Bloor West, at Manning), a Korean bakery, seems to think it’s terrible that there are bike lanes on Bloor.  The owner is distressed that there is slightly less street car parking (yes, there is a Green P lot right […]

NEWS: Cyclist in his 50s dead after being struck by vehicle in Oakville

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 23:57
Second story like this tonight… A cyclist in his fifties is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Oakville, Halton police say. Police say they received multiple calls about a cyclist struck just after 7 p.m. Sunday at Lakeshore Road West and Third Line. More: Cyclist in his 50s dead after being struck by vehicle in […]

NEWS: Cyclist with life-threatening head injury after crash in Brampton

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 18:06
While there are tons of cyclists in downtown Toronto, and that’s where all the bike lanes are, where lanes are *really* needed are out in the suburbs, where roads are laid out like the photo above (i.e. only for cars) and all drivers go 100 km/h. The life of a male cyclist, 26, is in […]

NEWS: West Toronto Railpath to be extended south

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:31
The province has announced plans to extend the West Toronto Railpath trail south to King Street. The recreational trail currently runs alongside the Kitchener GO line tracks from Dupont Street to Dundas Street but will now be extended to just east of the Dufferin Street Bridge, which will in turn give Liberty Village residents direct […]

NEWS: Bloor Street bike lanes open to the delight of Toronto cyclists

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:56
Dozens, CBC?  I’d guess around 150.  That’s way beyond “dozens”. Dozens of cyclists rang their bells during a ride to officially open the Bloor Street bike lanes on Friday morning. The lanes, which the city is operating as a one-year pilot project, run from Avenue Road and Shaw Street and cost about $500,000 to install. […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: New Bloor bike lanes in Toronto must pass ‘rigorous’ tests

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 21:14
Data, data, beautiful data. [The Bloor bike lanes] will also be the city’s most rigorously evaluated, Mayor John Tory says, as Toronto takes a leaf out of the book of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was famously obsessed with having data to measure the effect of city decisions. “I won’t compare myself to […]