A male cyclist has died following a collision at Dixie and Derry Rds., in Mississauga Thursday morning. Read More: Cyclist killed in Mississauga
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Toronto EMS confirmed that a man has been pronounced dead after a collision involving a transport truck at Dixie and Derry Roads. Read More: Cyclist killed in collision with transport truck
Toronto is taking a hesitant step — a single Sunday this summer — toward joining other cities in hosting car-free Sundays, a program known as Open Streets. Read More: Open Streets: pedestrian Sunday on Bloor off to a plodding start
The phrase “paradigm shift” was on the lips of many cycling experts and policy makers at the 6th annual Ontario Bike awards on Tuesday. You might be forgiven for dismissing this language as a politician’s penchant for the dramatic – but in this case, there is some real substance behind it.
After many years of talk, debate and persuasion, we are finally seeing some real action on cycling policy at the provincial level. Along with proposed cycling legislation announced last month, this week Transportation Minister Glen Murray revealed $25 million in dedicated funding for cycling infrastructurein Ontario.
This is such a great news story. THIS is what cycling advocacy is all about.
Two years ago, a senior City staffer told me that we’d never achieve bike lanes on Eglinton. I reflected on this as I watched the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) unanimously approve the Eglinton Connects Environmental Assessment last week, which includes 11km of protected bike lanes. It was a remarkable win for Cycle Toronto, and our Eglinton Working Group in particular, where we put your member dues to work.
Our working group worked doggedly over the past 2 years ensuring cyclists were involved in the EA process every step of the way. We sent Action Alerts encouraging cyclists to attend public meetings. We built partnerships with Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), community groups and schools along the corridor. We supported the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, which provided crucial data on the importance of cyclists for Main Street businesses. We did effective advocacy with elected officials. And we worked with the consultant team and City staff to provide advice on design.
An update from Ward 18, one of the more active wards in the city, cycling wise.
Here are the meeting notes from Monday’s meeting. Bike Month is going to be amazing this year — especially in and around Ward 18! Get in touch if you’d like to help organize or participate in our events!
Our next meeting is Monday, May 12 (location TBD). Happy riding!
– Liz [ward18 at cycleto dot ca]Cycle TO W18 – mtg notes Apr 14 2014.pdf
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Three-year plan unlikely to lead to major improvements for Toronto bike network The Ontario Liberals are touting a new cycling infrastructure fund as a major step forward for the province’s bikers, but whether the investment will lead to anything more than minor improvements in Toronto remains to be
Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray has announced $25 million for cycling facilities on provincial highways and municipal roads over the next three years in an effort to make Ontario Canada’s premier cycling province.
The money, the first that has been specifically set aside for biking in the provincial budget, will be for quick wins and pilot projects.
But it’s a new policy to incorporate cycling in every provincial highway and bridge project that some bike advocates are calling a game-changer.
It means cycling will be automatically incorporated into road works, Murray said Monday at the Ontario Bike Summit.
Pardon my galactica, but holy frack, this is amazing. It’s for stuff like this that I’m proud to be a CycleToronto member, and recommend membership to everyone I know.
The City is redesigning the streetscape along Eglinton as part of the Eglinton Connects planning project. Amazingly, the City is recommending full, separated bike lanes for the entire length of Eglinton – from Jane St to Kennedy! Their staff report was presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on April 9, 2014, and it was approved unanimously!
More info: Bike Lanes on Eglinton! | Cycle Toronto.
The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets over the next few weeks. To assist in this effort, the city is asking residents to call 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned. To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, please identify the bike with as much information as possible including the colour of the bike frame, type of bike and its location.
Bikes that are clearly abandoned (broken frame, missing wheels etc.) will be removed immediately. Where there is some question about whether a bike is abandoned, the City will place a notification on the bike that identifies the bike as “abandoned”. If a bike has been tagged in error and the owner does not want it to be removed, they should simply remove the tag and park the bike at a different location. After 14 days notice, the City will remove any bicycles that still remain tagged.
More information about this policy is on the 311 section of the City’s website.
Photo by Melissa Felder, via BlogTO
Kristyn Wong-Tam says using Bloor Street for classes and community initiatives on Sunday mornings could be a great ‘social equalizer’ Read More: Toronto councillor spearheading Open Streets initiative
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.