I shared this back on March 29th, but this deserves way more attention. Awesome news coming out of Boston – using bikes to combat obesity. Let’s get BikeShare Toronto and Toronto Public Health working together on something similar?
Doctors in Boston will soon have a new tool in their arsenal when it comes to improving the health of obese patients: the humble, yet powerful bicycle.
In an effort to get sedentary Bostonians moving more, as well as provide affordable transportation for low-income residents, The City of Boston and the Boston Medical Center (BMC) have partnered together in creation of program they’re calling “Prescribe-a-Bike.”
The program, launched today, allows all BMC medical professionals to write prescriptions for memberships to a local bike-sharing program called Hubway, which currently boasts 1,100 bikes at 130 locations around the city.
In some wards, more than 8% of trips are taken by bike! Infrastructure is just one reason why.
The new BikeShare Toronto website has launched! So much easier to use than the old Bixi one. I personally hated how the old map was hidden behind the content of the site.
We’re excited to announce that as of April 2014 Toronto’s bike share system is newly managed by Alta Bicycle Share. Alta currently operates Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC, Arlington and Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD; Hubway in the Boston-Metro region; Melbourne Bike Share in Melbourne, Australia; [Bike Chattanooga] in Chattanooga, TN; Citi Bike in New York City; Divvy in Chicago; and Bay Area Bike Share in the Bay Area, CA.
There’s no new money yet but Toronto active transportation experts want Metrolinx to spell out how much municipalities should get for walking and cycling improvements. Read More: Big Move plan needs to go bigger on walking and cycling, Metrolinx told
Bike Share Toronto will be operated by a U.S. company Read More: Pricing favours repeat users under new Toronto bike-sharing program
Forget Bixi – it’s Bike Share Toronto now. Three months after being placed under the control of the Toronto Parking Authority, the city is finally lifting the lid off the new-look bike share system. The name, logo, and prices will change, but for the immediate future Bike Share Toronto is going to
Read More: Bixi rides on as Bike Share Toronto
Toronto’s troubled bike sharing system gets renamed, retooled, repriced. Read More: Bixi is dead; Long live Bike Share Toronto
The Toronto Parking Authority is set to unveil the changes Monday morning and they’ll take effect Tuesday, the same day TPA officially takes over as the new operator.
The program will simply be called “Toronto Bike Share” and will be operated daily byAlta Bicycle Share, a Portland, Oregon-based company operating bike share systems in New York, Chicago, Boston and Melbourne, Australia.
Wednesday was a frigid spring evening for Cycle Toronto – the city’s main cycling lobbying group by membership size – to hold its annual general meeting this past Wednesday. Over one hundred members arrived at The Round Event Space in Kensington Market on March 26 to vote for some new board members and pass bylaw amendments. There were more amendments this year than usual, and several of the governance issues being questioned caused heated debate.
Changes coming Tuesday, April 1 Bixi Toronto will have a new name, operator, and prices starting Tuesday. The bealeaguered but beloved public bicycle system will simply be known as Bike Share Toronto, with a green, circular logo mimicking that of the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA).
We’re excited to announce that we’re hiring multiple Bike Valet Coordinators for the upcoming season!
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Interesting proposed legislation about changes to the Highway Traffic Act coming from Queens Park:
Allowing cyclists to use the paved shoulders on unrestricted provincial highways to promote safer opportunities to cycle
Supporting cycling in urban areas by allowing municipalities to create contra-flow bicycle lanes to provide more direct routes and connectivity for cyclists
Increasing the fine range for convictions of dooring of cyclists from $60 – $500 to $300 – $1,000 and raising the demerit points from two to three
Requiring all drivers to maintain a distance of one metre when passing cyclists
Increasing the maximum fine from $20 to a set fine amount that falls in the range of $60 – $500 for not using required bicycle lights and other reflectors/reflective material; and permit the use of flashing red lights as a safety feature on bicycles
Ward 30 Bikes holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 9 pm at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, 955 Queen Street East. Come out and discuss upcoming issues in the neighbourhood, including:
- Working on ongoing improvements to cycling infrastructure, such as the Felstead Ave cut-through, and making ramp connections to the Don Valley Trail more accessible
- Potential outreach events in 2014 in Ward 30 and beyond, including Bike Month.
- Ongoing community planning consultations
- Impacts of the Leslie Barns construction on people who walk and ride bikes
Read More: Ward 30 Bikes
Mike Layton’s snow job — clearing bike lanesShoveling Shaw’s contraflow lane highlights what Cycle TO feels are winter cycling growing pains Breaking the ice was never so literal as it was Thursday, March 13 when volunteers took their shovels and picks to Cycle TO’s Shovel in on Shaw to clear the
Our team of volunteers clearing the Shaw st contraflow bike lane. If a few cyclists can get the job done, the city can too.
It looks like city staff are changing their recommendations for separated bikelanes on Harbord and Hoskins due to the previous (bi-directional) design posing “unacceptable delays to all road users” – which sounds like code for “drivers whined about it and they’re more important than everyone else” which is a typical Toronto response.
I personally don’t like the new design at all. These lanes aren’t separated, they are just paint. The old design had an actual physical CURB that separated bike traffic from dangerous car traffic.
In June 2014, City staff publicized a preliminary plan to upgrade the Harbord-Hoskin bicycle lanes to a bi-directional cycle track design along their complete length from Ossington Avenue to Queen’s Park Crescent. Since then the City completed a comprehensive traffic study to measure the effects of bi-directional cycle tracks operations at signalized and un-signalized intersections. This study showed it would not be possible to safely accommodate bi-directional separated bike lanes, without unacceptable delays to all road users.
As a result, staff now recommend upgrading the current intermittent traditional bike lanes with continuous uni-directional buffered bike lanes:
Uni-directional bike lanes on both sides of the street with 0.5 m to 1.0 m painted buffers between bike lanes, traffic lanes and parking lanes.
Replace the sharrows with bike lanes between Spadina Ave. and Borden St., and at the Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave. intersections.
Maintain on-street parking on one side of the street, which would provide enough parking to meet highest parking demand in all areas.
Not a lot of details, but it looks like Toronto’s getting it’s own Cargo Bike Brand. Check it out and save $500 by pre-ordering one.
The idea was first proposed in a staff report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in January, but at the time councillors on the committee rejected it.
But when the report came before council late Thursday evening, members reversed the earlier decision, voting 23-17 to approve the report’s original recommendations. Most of council’s right wing, including Mayor Rob Ford, joined with a handful of leftists to pass the motion.
Absolutely nothing about installing more actual bikeposts in the area so the people wouldn’t HAVE to lock to trees. It’s treating the symptom, not the cause.
On Nov. 21 we reported that recently planted street trees on the west side of Yonge, north of Gerrard St., had been co-opted by cyclists to lock up their bikes due to a shortage of locking posts in the area.
The bikes and locks were rubbing a ring of bark off the spindly trunks of the young trees, leaving them even more vulnerable to the ravages of road salt and extreme weather.
We checked back and found that the trees are now wrapped by material that is too wide for a bike lock, which should give them a new lease on life.
The good news is that Toronto’s Bixi system will probably be fine. City hall saw this coming months in advance and laid the groundwork for a takeover. The plan is to transfer responsibility for Bixi Toronto to the Toronto Parking Authority, and use money scrounged from the city’s street-furniture budget to keep the system going until a new private operator can be found.