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Biking Toronto Weekly (BikeMonth Calendar Edition) – April 22, 2018

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:28

A summary post of some interesting links and news stories from the past 7 days… this post is VERY events heavy, as the 2018 Bike Month calendar is online now and lots of great events are being added!

Also posted via @bikingtoronto on twitter, in the Biking Toronto facebook group, and on the Biking Toronto subreddit.

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NEWS: Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:55

Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’ after pedestrian deaths

Jennifer Keesmaat is warning that this city faces a crisis when it comes to the number of pedestrians killed on its streets.

The first two months of 2018 have been rough for us vulnerable road users with eight pedestrians killed. No wonder why planners in Copenhagen have called Toronto’s Vision Zero plan completely unambitious.

More: Toronto’s ex top planner warns ‘our streets are unsafe’ after pedestrian deaths


NEWS: Councillors go against city staff and vote against bike lanes on Yonge Street

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:36

The public works committee voted to go ahead with a more expensive redesign of Yonge Street in Willowdale, going against the recommendations of city staff, the local councillor and dozens of local residents. 

Coun. Stephen Holyday’s motion, placed on behalf of Coun. David Shiner, to defer to an alternate plan, which staff also considers viable, will now go to city council for a final vote in March. It’s expected to cost at least $9 million more than the Transform Yonge plan city transportation staff support. 

Coun. Jaye Robinson, the committee chair who also heads the city’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate road deaths, missed the vote.

Councillors go against city staff, support alternate Yonge Street redesign


NEWS: MEC pressured to drop bike products linked to gun companies

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:24

Canadian gun control advocates are calling upon Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) this week to discontinue selling every product from every brand owned by the U.S. corporation Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista, based in Utah, manufactures and markets products for about 50 different outdoor sports and recreation labels – more than half of which produce ammunition and firearms, like the AR-15 rifle used to kill 17 people earlier this month at a high school in Parkland, Florida (among other deadly U.S. shootings.)

MEC pressured to drop products linked to Florida high school shooting



NEWS: The case for protected bike lanes on Yonge Street

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:53

Transform Yonge, a $51 million plan to reimagine Yonge Street north of Sheppard to Finch, could create a place for similar artistry – wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, more trees and new public art. It would, in the words of city staff, bring about “safer travel conditions for all users” with “little change to travel time or average speed for drivers.”

The plan would make Yonge less congested, too. As we build more space for walkers and cyclists we make these modes of transportation more attractive and easier for drivers to leave the car at home

More: The case for protected bike lanes on Yonge Street



NEWS: Torontonians launch campaign in favour of King St. pilot

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:49
Have you biked on King St. since the streetcar priority pilot started in the fall?  It’s such a great place to bike now.  Any street design that de-prioritizes cars is good for bikes, even without bike lanes. Resident associations, advocacy groups launch campaign in favour of King St. pilot project | Toronto Star Transit activists […]

NEWS: Toronto pursuing Vision Zero in theory, but with little commitment

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:14
City to stick with Vision Zero, but some councillors question its commitment | Toronto Star A community donation program is outlined in the staff report. By the end of 2018, donors will be able to make contributions online to “any specific countermeasure or program” within Vision Zero. Each donation must not exceed $50,000. When the […]

RECAP: Cycle Toronto Etobicoke Advocacy Summit

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 00:53
Great recap of the recent Cycle Toronto Etobicoke Advocacy Summit from Biking in a Big City. This past Tuesday, Cycle Toronto invited people from Etobicoke for a meeting to update us about what the City of Toronto has planned for the cycling network over the next three years. It was also a chance to meet others, and […]

OH YEAH: TCAT releases the “Learning to be a Bicycle Friendly Driver” Report

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:36
The report looks at the feasibility of offering additional training to drivers in Toronto (both professional and the public), with the goal of helping them more safely share the road with people on bikes. The findings reveal an urgent need for this type of training and an unprecedented willingness on the part of businesses to […]

NEWS: Toronto police officer charged with assault of cyclist

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:43
A Toronto police officer faces charges over an October 2017 incident that sent a man to hospital. The province’s Special Investigations Unit says the officer arrested a 44-year-old cyclist alleged committed a traffic offence near Toronto’s downtown harbourfront area.  Officials say the cyclist went to hospital and found to have a “serious injury.” Investigators say Const. […]

NEWS: Why new bike lanes are good for everyone – yes, even drivers.

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 01:45
Why New Bike Lanes Are Good For Everyone — Yes, Even Drivers So, what do we know?: There’s been a reduction in cyclist injuries, even while cycling volumes have increased dramatically. Women especially are more likely to commute by bike if they have access to protected bike lanes. Everyone — cyclists, pedestrians and motorists — reports feeling safer on the road. One […]

NEWS: An Evidence Based Look At Why Women Aren’t Cycling

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 01:40
Beyond Fear And Feelings: An Evidence Based Look At Why Women Aren’t Cycling On Monday, the BBC reported that women are half as likely to cycle as men. A familiar round of concerned speculation started, fuelled by the reporter asking cyclists about their experiences, and hearing tales of street harassment and Womanning Up. Sustrans’ survey (which the BBC report […]

NEWS: Chinese bike sharing coming to Toronto?

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 00:02

BlogTO: Chinese bike sharing company planning Toronto launch

Billing itself as “the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing platform,” Ofo has already raised more than $1.3 billion in venture capital and is available now in more than 180 major cities across the world.

Like Dropbike, the Chinese company offers dockless bicycle rentals – you just pick up a registered, bright yellow bike where you find it and go, for as little as $1 an hour.

Source: Biking Toronto Facebook Group