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NEWS: Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not. 

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:19

An excellent piece in Torontoist about why a bike lane pilot designed to collect data about benefits/detriments and overwhelming supported by the community is getting static from politicians: There really should have been little to no debate about this 2.5 kilometre bike lane pilot project running along Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue […]

FACEPALM: Bloor Bike lane pilot a victim of double standard

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:58

What do you do when politicians prevent people from making their city a better, cleaner, and economically attractive place? In Toronto, you can easily shut down an entire (or a part of)  a street for any reason (construction, festivals, corporate events, marathons, or just because) EXCEPT a bike lane pilot. EVEN if the entire community and […]

NEWS: Drivers support Bloor bike lanes

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:30

Newsflash for politicians that car drivers don’t want bike lanes:  THEY DO!  Bike lanes keep cyclists safe, and get bikes into their own lane on the road.  This means bikes aren’t in front of cars, causing stress and worry to drivers. Because of this, bike lanes don’t slow car traffic at all, and in some […]

NEWS: Toronto’s subway stations to maybe get more bike parking

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:38

Planning for 2018.  In TTC terms, that’s light speed, I guess.  I’m incredulous that it’s taken the TTC this long to recognize how people get to transit. There’s hope for better bicycle parking coming to TTC subway stations. The city’s public works and infrastructure committee passed a motion laying ground for collaboration between the TTC […]

NEWS: Is allowing cyclists to ride on sidewalks suitable for Markham?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:34

Suburban Cycling – unsafe on the roads, illegal on sidewalks.  Local government unwilling to spend money on infrastructure that isn’t for cars… Is cycling on sidewalks one of those laws that are meant to be broken? One cycling advocate is confident that’s the best way of encouraging people in Markham to ride bicycles in the city, […]

NEWS: More cycling paths, marketplace, on the way for Thorncliffe Park

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:58

A mini-revitalization project is underway that could bring improved cycling paths and a new marketplace to the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. Students from University of Toronto’s urban planning program have teamed up with area residents and youth to come up with improvement proposals for a community that’s been identified as a “priority neighbourhood.” More: More cycling […]

NEWS: Making biking in Scarborough more appealing

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:32

Scarborough Cycles! Wonderful initiative.  The city making some streets in Scarborough safe for cycling would go a long way in encouraging people to bike: The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of the Clean Air Partnership, recently announced the opening of two community bicycle hubs in Scarborough. The hubs will give residents access to […]

NEWS: Expansion of Waterfront Trail to be announced

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 23:18

Officials with Waterfront Toronto say they will use the occasion of former City of Toronto mayor David Crombie’s 80th birthday on Tuesday to announce an expansion of the Waterfront Trail. The trail, which passes through Toronto and links communities from Brockville to Niagara-on-the-Lake, is set to be expanded to Grand Bend on Lake Huron. In […]

NEWS: Bloor bike lanes pilot heads to Toronto city council 

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 20:09

The Public Works Committee was split on whether to approve a pilot of a bike lane on Bloor for the purposes of collecting data about how it benefits the neighbourhood and business, so now it goes to City Council next Monday, May 2nd. For the record, Mayor John Tory says he’s in favour of a […]

BIKE THEFT: What are the worst streets for locking up your bike in Toronto?

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:59

Interesting piece in the Star today about the streets where your bike is more likely to get stolen.  Biking Toronto is quoted, but it’s a really old quote… I gave that quote to the Star years and years ago for another theft story.  They did not contact me about this story. Torontonians may want to think […]

NEWS: Why the Bloor Bike Lane Pilot makes Bloor safer for everyone

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 12:07

The proposed plan for Bloor Street includes a design, known as parking protected bike lanes, that would help avoid this scenario. The planned set-up, moving from left to right, is: live traffic — parking lane — 0.6 metre buffer zone — bike lane — curb. “The parking protected bike lane uses the parked car to protect cyclists from live traffic,” Jared Kolb, […]

NEWS: Bike lanes on Bloor get boost from Toronto councillors, businesses

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 14:35

Everybody wants bike lanes on Bloor! Brian Burchell, chair of the Bloor Annex BIA, said many businesses are fearful their businesses will suffer but said they along with other partners have commissioned an economic impact study to get more information about how the lanes change customer behaviour and delivery issues. “We think that these cyclists […]

NEWS: Bike lanes on Bloor will prove that bike infrastructure works

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:26

Who wants a Bloor bike lane pilot to measure their impact?  Cyclists, pedestrians, residents, businesses, councillors, even Mayor John Tory.   Let’s let the data tell us what happens. The pilot project to build bike lanes on Bloor Street West this summer is a high-stakes chance to shape the future of cycling in the city, according to Toronto […]

NEWS: Cycling trails expected to be top priority in Toronto bid for federal cash

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:32

Cycling and active transportation projects are expected to be among the city’s first request for federal infrastructure money. Councillors are planning to ask the federal government for funding to extend the West Toronto Railpath and improve the East Don Trail. It’s expected to be the city’s first official request for a slice of the $60 billion in new infrastructure […]

JUST BIKE IT: 5 places to go for a bike ride near Toronto

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 14:21

BlogTO runs down long-distance rides … more a list geared towards “training cyclists” rather than the vast majority of Torontonians who just ride to work, play and shop. Toronto is blessed with some excellent if mostly flat road biking routes, but those willing to travel outside the city will find the southern Ontario landscape offers a host […]

NEWS: Toronto’s big battle for its curb space

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:33

  “In a bid to kick congestion to the curb, the city is re-examining the curb itself — looking for ways to do everything from creating more off-street parking to adding well-placed taxi stands.” Let’s all applaud Jen Hill, who commented about this by saying that perhaps some streets should be car-free: Jen Hill, driver (ed. […]

OH YEAH! 77 per cent of Parkdale shoppers get around by active transportation

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 14:24

Yet more data about how active transportation is responsible for most business, and business owners don’t even know it. “They (businesses) tend to consistently over estimate how many customers arrive by car and overestimate the importance of on-street parking, which can lead them to be against the installation of bike lanes that tend to remove […]

NEWS: Bikeshare Toronto is doubling in size!

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:58

Bikeshare Toronto is getting new stations and new bikes, doubling the number of each! Following an extensive tender process the TPA has chosen PBSC Urban Solutions, a world leader in public bike-sharing systems, as the supplier of Bike Share Toronto’s new bikes and stations. With the tender process now complete, the TPA will purchase 1000 […]

NEWS: Another abandoned bike blitz on its way for Toronto

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:13

If you lock up your bike for long periods of time, make sure to check it in case it gets “tagged”. About a dozen city workers will take to downtown streets in the coming weeks, tagging bicycles that have been locked up and left to rust along sidewalks and at bike racks. If the bikes […]

NEWS: Bloor bike lane would mean Toronto is serious about climate change

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 13:44

Giving people the option to bike to work by making safe and connected bike lanes across the city (in a Minimum Grid) is a practical step towards fighting climate change. Bloor is a necessary step.  Pledge your support here. By making biking safer, the lane would encourage folks to leave the car at home and cycle […]