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DO IT! Take a survey; help Toronto plan cycling infrastructure

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:10

We’ve just posted our first survey for the development of Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan for the next 10 years. At this stage we are asking Toronto residents about values, so we can better understand the priorities of residents in different parts of the City. Understanding these priorities will help inform resource allocation. The geocoding and […]

OH YEAH! Cycle Toronto’s #BloorLovesBikes campaign is here and it’s awesome

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:01

The biggest OH YEAH! to Cycle Toronto for the start of their “Bloor Loves Bikes” campaign.   Who wants bikelanes bringing lots of people to their stores to spend lots of money not being spent on cars?  Bloor businesses do! Our #BloorLovesBikes window decals are in! Watch for them on Bloor coming soon! via Cycle […]

NEWS: Car Columnist has trouble remembering bicycle turn signals; bitches about it

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:04

A car columnist for the Globe whines about hand signals being too confusing for him.  Because remembering stuff is hard. He also blames car-bike collisions on drivers not understanding bike hand signals.  That’s totally the reason there are collisions.  It’s not drivers being inattentive or the self-righteous belief that being in a car means they should […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists are feeling the construction crunch

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:50

It’s common for drivers in Toronto to complain about construction delays, but lately cyclists in the city are also feeling the pain. Whether it’s track repair at College and Spadina, ongoing work on the Martin Goodman trail or the construction of the new TTC yard at Leslie Barns, the city’s cycling corridors are feeling the construction […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Utility poles installed in middle of Queens Quay bike lane

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:01

Sometimes, in Toronto, you have to laugh to keep from crying. Installing utility poles in the middle of a bike lane — where cyclists could crash into them — seems like a dumb idea. But that’s what happened last week on one of Toronto’s busiest bike lanes, along the south side of Queens Quay, a […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists have hearts of gold (still)

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:14

Back on April 3rd, BikingToronto posted about Toronto getting a “gold” designation from Share the Road… Toronto received a “gold” bicycle friendly community designation at the Ontario Bike Summit from Share the Road earlier this week, but no one really knows why.  Unlike the League of American Bicyclists south of the border, Share the Road’s award criteria doesn’t seem to […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Great new brickwork on Queens Quay multi-use path

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:46

Awesome looking brick patterns on part of the Martin-Goodman trail alongside Queens Quay as the multi-year reconstruction nears completion! Great new stonework installed on Toronto’s section of the Waterfront near Ferry terminal.  via Toronto Cycling on Twitter: “Great new stonework installed”

OH YEAH: 5 quick fixes that would bring cycling in T.O. into the 21st century

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:01

Cycle Toronto‘s Jared Kolb gives us a quick list of 5 easy things Toronto can do to get up to speed on what’s happening with cycling infrastructure in other major world cities.   Great article.   Read: 5 quick fixes that would bring cycling in T.O. into the 21st century – NOW Toronto Magazine – Think […]

HOW TO: Surviving city cycling

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:39

It may not feel like it, but we are making slow, steady progress in the growth and improvement of our cycling infrastructure. While the meaningful integration of bikes into all aspects of city planning will take some time, we’ve got a pretty bikeable city to make use of. It’s how we use it that makes […]

NEWS: 5 myths about cyclists that drivers need to get over

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:31

NOW Magazine’s annual spring bikes issue is upon us! 1. Roads are built for cars. Some drivers seem terribly irked by the mere presence of cyclists on T.O.’s byways. Wake up! Rob Ford was wrong – there is no war on the car. And cycling isn’t just a recreational activity. For a growing number of us […]

NEWS: Cycling group lobbies for boost in funding infrastructure outside of downtown Toronto

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:23

Totally agree.  Having bikelanes downtown is ideal, and we’re starting to see lots of bike commuting downtown.  More *separated* bikelanes downtown please… BUT, the old suburbs of Toronto is where cycling infrastructure is needed the most.  Building long protected bikelanes criss-crossing the city will encourage people to bike in these car-friendly places and people will start […]

NEWS: Cycling routes in Ontario get financial bump

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:58

The provincial government says it’s moving ahead with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly Ontario. The plan includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide connections on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Some early proposals include: Highway 33 west […]

WATCH: Police video of eyewitness in death of Darcy Allan Sheppard

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:30

Never before seen witness testimony from the 2009 death of Darcy Allan Sheppard. Much of what you will see and hear in Witness 9.12, the nine-minute video accompanying this story, is being viewed publicly for the first time.  Almost all of the material is from Toronto Police Service files relating to the 2009 investigation that led to […]

NEWS: Roman Manko mourned by GTA cycling community

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:34

A bit more infomration about this tragedy I posted about a few minutes ago: According to a police news release, a group of eight cyclists had been heading west along Bloor Street and intended to turn left onto Solina Road. A westbound Pontiac Vibe attempted to pass the group in the adjacent eastbound lane. As that […]

NEWS: Cyclist dies after being struck by car east of Toronto

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:14

A 60-year-old cyclist has died after he was struck by a vehicle in the municipality of Clarington on Sunday morning. Durham Regional Police say the accident happened just before 11 a.m. at the intersection of Bloor Street and Solina Road. According to a police news release, a group of eight cyclists had been heading west […]

NEWS: Bicycle award divides Toronto’s cycling community

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:07

Toronto’s recent “Gold” designation (and the division about it) is hitting the mainstream media.  I tend to agree with Jared of Cycle Toronto… there are enough uninformed and anti-car politicians (and citizens) in this city that will say “Gold?  Well, we’ve done enough for cyclists”, when in reality, the good work has only just begun. […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: A New Bike Corral on Harbord!

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 19:54

Spotted on Harbord by Harbord Collegiate (just west of Bathurst) – a bike corral!  Now a dozen bikes can be parked in the space formerly wasted on just 1 car. Look at what just popped up on Harbord St. (by Harbord CI) via Jo Koga – Photos from Jo Koga’s post in City of Toronto […]

NEWS: Toronto receives “gold” award at the Ontario Bike Summit. No one is sure why.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 09:19

Toronto received a “gold” bicycle friendly community designation at the Ontario Bike Summit from Share the Road earlier this week, but no one really knows why.  Unlike the League of American Bicyclists south of the border, Share the Road’s award criteria doesn’t seem to be public (yet). Gold seems a bit of a stretch where […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: College and Spadina under construction for most of April

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:36

  The city is letting cyclists know that the College & Spadina intersection will be a construction workzone for most of April.  Using Harbord may be a smoother trip. I know the College 506 line was replaced in 2005 or 2006, as that delay getting to work prompted me to start biking to work.  Wasn’t […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Being Hit by a Car and Vision Zero in Toronto

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:57

I’m good friends with Hyedie, the writer of the post linked below.  Hyedie was hit by a car, and the driver admitted guilt, but escaped ANY kind of repercussions.  Read about Hyedie’s experience and support Vision Zero in Toronto (PDF) – a multi-national initiative to make every street safe and reduce all road fatalities and serious […]