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ELECTION: Mayoral candidate Keesmaat vows to move ahead with original Transform Yonge proposal

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:58

Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat has vowed to move ahead with the original Transform Yonge proposal, which recommended reducing Yonge Street from six lanes to four between Sheppard and Finch avenues, to make room for bike lanes and wider sidewalks.

Keesmaat said the plan was developed following a two-year consultation process and will make the area a “beautiful and wonderful destination in North York.”

“We have an opportunity here to take this underperforming urban centre that has a subway running right through the heart of it and to turn it in to a wonderful destination and a wonderful place,” Keesmaat told reporters at a campaign event Tuesday. “This is the right plan for the future. This is about addressing population growth and creating a heart in North York as was always envisioned.”

Source: Keesmaat vows to move ahead with original Transform Yonge proposal | CP24.com

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CARNAGE: Person on bicycle struck  in Leslieville suffers life-threatening injuries

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 21:36

A female cyclist has been rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a collision in Leslieville on Thursday morning.

The incident occurred near Dundas Street East and Logan Avenue at around 7 a.m.

Source: Cyclist struck by vehicle in Leslieville suffers life-threatening injuries | CP24.com

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CARNAGE: Woman charged after cyclist seriously injured in hit and run

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 21:28

A Toronto woman has been charged in a hit and run that left a male cyclist seriously injured early Wednesday in northwest Toronto.

The woman, 51, has been charged with careless driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident, according to Toronto police.

Source: Woman, 51, charged after cyclist seriously injured in hit and run | CBC News

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NEWS: Toronto’s construction zones pose safety risks to cyclists

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:52

Multiple pedestrian and cycling advocates have raised red flags about construction as a road safety issue during CBC Toronto’s ongoing Safer Streets series, noting they make it harder for drivers to see vulnerable road users while often forcing those on foot into live lanes of traffic.

So are these sites really hazardous for people trying to get around?

The short answer: Yes.

More: Toronto’s 700-plus construction zones pose safety risks to pedestrians and cyclists | CBC News

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VISION ZERO: John Tory’s deadly balancing act on road safety

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:19

A deeper problem, however, is the continuing unwillingness (except on paper) of decision-makers to put pedestrian and cyclist safety above motorists’ historic entitlement to speed and space.

This huge bias in favour of motorists means that we need more than what Mayor John Tory describes as “a balance of all interests.”

When Tory talks about this balancing of interests – while fighting to maintain wide roads and rebuild highways – he ignores the reality of a balance that is monstrously out of whack.

More: John Tory’s deadly balancing act on road safety – NOW Magazine

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Brazen daylight bike theft points to ‘crisis’ in Toronto

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:37

A video of a brazen daytime bike heist near a bustling public trail is an indication the city is dealing with a theft “crisis,” a cycling advocacy group says.

On Sunday afternoon while off work, I captured the above video of a man with bolt cutters trying to chop through a bike lock at Lower Simcoe Street and Queens Quay as throngs of people passed by.

Eventually, a small group formed around the man, with many people telling him to stop. The man didn’t seem to pay attention. He grabbed a bike and quickly rode off.

More: Brazen daylight bike theft points to ‘crisis’ in Toronto, cycling advocate warns | CBC News

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Torontonians are using #NearMissToronto to document when cars almost kill them, because the City doesn’t.

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:33

Abigail Pugh had just dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at school in Dufferin Grove when she witnessed a near miss.

A driver didn’t see a boy crossing at a pedestrian crosswalk and slammed on the brakes, narrowly avoiding another headline-making tragedy. The experience spurred Pugh to create the hashtag and ensuing campaign #NearMissToronto.

More: There’s no tally of close calls on Toronto streets. So pedestrians are turning to #NearMissToronto | The Star

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