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INFRASTRUCTURE: Pan Am Games velodrome nears completion in Milton

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:17

If you’re into competitive cycling, then this is news for you. The cycling track inside the still-under-construction Milton velodrome won’t be ready for another few weeks still, but even now Curt Harnett can hardly help himself. The three-time Olympic cycling medallist and Canada’s chef de mission for the 2015 Pan Am Games is like an […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Contraflow lanes on Shaw St have doubled bike traffic!

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:54

Following the great news that bike traffic has tripled on Sherbourne, it has more than doubled on Shaw St in less than a year, simply with the addition of a contra-flow bikelane! Contraflow lanes on Shaw St have doubled bike traffic in less than a year. “Shaw Bicycle traffic counted as 606/day pre-bike lane now […]

NEWS: Sherbourne lanes a cycling success that should inspire more

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:46

Following up on the news that bike traffic on Sherbourne is up a whopping 300%, here’s Minnan-Wong trying to appear bike-friendly. The number of cyclists whizzing along Sherbourne St. each day has nearly tripled since its fancy new separated bike lanes opened at the end of 2012, new figures show. The boost in bicycles is […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Sherbourne separated bikelane sees 300% increase in bike traffic in 3 years!

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:54

Sherbourne’s lanes have problems, but prove that if you build bikelanes that people (all people – novice and experienced, young and old) feel safe cycling in, more and more will use them. Bicycle traffic averages on Sherbourne were 955/day in 2011 bike lane, they are now 2,827/day in Cycle Track via Toronto Cycling on Twitter

OH YEAH: Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:55

Since 2007, New York City has added 31 miles of protected bike lanes — that is, lanes protected by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or a curb. The main point of building protected lanes was to make biking in the city safer. But when the NYC Department of Transportation recently studied the […]

NEWS: Remains of missing Toronto cyclist Kit Currie found

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:54

The remains of Kit Currie, a Toronto cyclist who went missing Aug. 14, have been found, her sister Jennifer Currie-Roy said. “We found her, and we’re preparing for arrangements. Her body was found near her bike,” Currie-Roy said from her home in Wakefield, Que. She added that police have informed her family but have not […]

NEWS: DAS5 – Darcy Allan Sheppard remembered

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:17

Ask most Ontarians about the case and they will remember it as the story about the crazed messenger who was justifiably killed after he “jumped on” a car and “attacked” Bryant and his wife who were out celebrating their anniversary. This was the story that emerged from special prosecutor Richard Peck’s 68-page presentation to Judge […]

OH YEAH! Bill Murray biking around Toronto!

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:11

The other day I alluded to celebrities biking to film premieres at TIFF and parking at Cycle Toronto’s Bike Valet (don’t worry, non-celebs can use it too. It’s free), and today saw Bill Murray biking around Toronto on Bill Murray Day! While walking to work this morning, Felicia Guthrie spied the legendary actor and comedian biking […]

OH YEAH! FREE I Bike T.O. shirts are coming!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:43

It’s ALMOST that time of year again!  Time to give out a whole bunch of FREE I Bike T.O. shirts. Are you interested?  Sign up at the form below (or at this link) to get notified as soon as they are available, which is very soon. (quantities are limited, obviously).   Get notified when it’s FREE […]

OH YEAH! Bike Valet at TIFF opening weekend

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 20:13

Via CycleToronto: Event date: Sept 4-7 OH YEAH!  Ride your bike like the celebrities do and park your bike securely for free and check out the flicks at TIFF!   Feist rides her bike (and parks it at the Bike Valet) in Toronto, as does Rachel McAdams and Ellen Page (in Halifax, but I’m sure she […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclist killed near Brandon, MB.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:13

Oh, I hate reading these kinds of news stories. A 24-year-old Toronto man was killed after being hit by an SUV while riding his bike near Brandon. The collision happened about 8 p.m. Monday, about two kilometres west of the city, on Highway 1A. Mounties say an eastbound SUV travelling in the same direction hit […]

NEWS: Toronto’s new bike lanes are being misused

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:59

Yet another article about the total inadequacy of bikelanes without physical separation (curbs, planters, flex-bollards). It sucks to be a cyclist in this town. Less than a month after reporting the news that the Simcoe bike lanes were being used as a parking space by motorists, the freshly pained bike lanes are once again in […]

TOMORROW! Sun, Aug 31 – Open Streets TO opens up major roads on Sunday

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:57

Oh yeah! OpenStreetsTO happens again tomorrow! What will be OPEN: Bloor Street between Parliament Street and Spadina Avenue. Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen Streets. Major intersections will have crossing points where cars can pass through. What’s better for businesses on a street?  People using the street to socialize, interact and shop, or people trapped […]

OH YEAH! General Motors starts a bikesharing program for employees!

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:51

Unexpected, but awesome! Faced with a serious transportation problem on its sprawling technical center campus in a Detroit suburb, General Motors Co. has turned to a solution that predates cars – bicycles. GM has launched a bike share program for 19,000 employees at its Warren Technical Center. It will help them navigate the 61 buildings […]

OH YEAH! Is That an E-Bike?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:48

I’m not opposed to e-bikes… just the ones that look like scooters and no one ever pedals.  This one on the other hand… is beautiful! Less than 0.5 percent of bicycle sales in the US are e-bikes. Last year in Germany, e-bikes were the fastest growing bike category with 410,000 e-bikes sold, 7.9 percent of […]

NEWSFLASH: E-Bikes are the furthest thing from “hip”

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:06

This guy is doing “biking to work” wrong if he shows up all sweaty.  Especially during this cool summer we’ve had.   His commute is a few kilometres and he can’t do it on a real bike?  I bike farther than him and have knee and back problems.  I take my commute easy though. That […]

NEWS: Two face street-racing charges after cyclist killed

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:44

It’s my personal opinion that if you operate a motor vehicle in any way that causes the death of a human being, that is akin to murder, or at least manslaughter.  It doesn’t matter if it was an accident.  You had a responsibility to operate the vehicle safely, and you didn’t. Two drivers who police […]

NEWS: Toronto’s 50 most dangerous intersections for cyclists

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:38

Bikes + Data = Win.  Will the city use this information to make these 50 intersections safer for non-driving taxpayers?  My gut says no. Adrian Verster was just a humble data geek until his girlfriend got hit by a pickup truck. The crash — which left her with a concussion and memory loss — spurred […]

TRANSIT: Toronto’s New Streetcar includes spots for bikes

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:40

With a dedicated spot for bikes: It’s just three more sleeps until Toronto’s new streetcars roll out on the 510 Spadina line, and during a media event today, the TTC showed off some of the vehicle’s modern features at the Hillcrest rail yard on Bathurst Street. The new ride is packed with technological bells and […]

NEWS: Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:56

Several people riding along Lakeshore Blvd W. near Carlaw Ave. have been injured after their tires got caught in railroad tracks that intersect with the bike lanes. On Sunday, two cyclists fell after their wheels got caught in pieces of rubber covering the railroad tracks. One man had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. “How […]