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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 […]
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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 […]
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NEWS: Women are the ‘indicator species’ for cycling safety

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:58

Toronto’s new cycling manager will measure her success, in part, by how many women she sees pedalling around the city. Like many urban centres, Toronto has a cycling gender gap. In 2006, two thirds of Torontonians who cycled to work were men. The gap is narrowing – more recent data from 2009 shows 43 per cent […]
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NEWS: TTC’s new ‘bendy’ buses still without bicycle racks

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:18

Cyclists are still waiting for the TTC to restore bike racks to its new buses, after they were removed due to driver visibility problems. TTC buses are equipped with bike racks mounted to the front, allowing cyclists to ride the bus without dragging their bike up the steps and inside, where it’ll get in the […]
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NEWS: Cycling: The great right-hand turn debate rages in Toronto

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 10:24

Slow news day perhaps.  Is there really a debate?  They only wrong way to signal, is to use no signal at all. There are three types of cyclists in Toronto: those who signal with their left hand, those who signal with the right and those who don’t signal at all. Yvonne Bambrick takes issue with the latter. Bambrick, the first […]
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NEWS: Should texting cyclists in Toronto be treated like distracted drivers?

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 00:45

A proposal to treat cyclists caught texting on two wheels the same as distracted drivers is getting a lukewarm reception in Toronto. Politicians at Queen’s Park are currently debating Bill 31, which would amend the Highway Traffic Act to include stiffer penalties …  Read More: Should texting cyclists in Toronto be treated like distracted drivers?
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DEATH CAB: Toronto Cabbies to ILLEGALLY use Tablets instead of Radio Dispatch

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:24

Everyone (including me) who bikes in Toronto has a story about a cab driver hitting them.  At the least, you’ve had a near miss with one, because taxi drivers are always in a rush and do not abide by any laws.  Passing a cyclist with inches (or less) to spare.  Sure. U-turns where U-turns are […]
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HELP WANTED: Hoopdriver Bicycles

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 10:12

…the position requires significant bicycle shop experience, very clean work habits, great organizational skills, effective communication, quick learning, multi-tasking and/or concentration, and the ability to take direction with an excellent attitude. Preferably a 40hour per week commitment with room for some flexibility and possibly some overtime in season. Read more: Hoopdriver facebook group.
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VIDEO: How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 12:00
If you’re thinking of heading to the Toronto Bike Show this weekend, you may enjoy this video from 70 years ago about how bicycles are made. It’s very 1945 and very British. Now I want to go buy a retro british bicycle.  The end is fantastic too, because there are shots of streets in England filled […]
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VIDEO: How a Bicycle is Made (1945)

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 12:00
If you’re thinking of heading to the Toronto Bike Show this weekend, you may enjoy this video from 70 years ago about how bicycles are made. It’s very 1945 and very British. Now I want to go buy a retro british bicycle.  The end is fantastic too, because there are shots of streets in England filled […]
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NEWS: Vaughan cycling group seeks bike space on proposed GTA West highway

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 23:46

Cyclists on the highway? That’s the hope of a group of cyclists in Vaughan, who want the province to make space along the proposed GTA West highway corridor for two-wheeled commuters. The Vaughan Bicycle User Group, which has about 60 … Continue Reading Read More: Vaughan cycling group seeks bike space on proposed GTA West […]
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NEWS: Bikes included in re-development of Honest Ed’s property?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:45

Early days here, and I encourage you to click through to the full Globe article to get all the details… but I’m optimistic about these two sentences about Markham St being left mostly as is, but enhanced and with a bike shop and bike valet service. The plan would leave intact most of the houses […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s new bicycle czar ‘excited’ by surge in ridership

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:23

By just about any metric, cycling is on the rise in Toronto. A recent count conducted by Cycle Toronto showed the number of bikes moving through the intersection at College and Spadina during rush hour has increased by 74 per cent in just three years. “The numbers are higher than ever,” Gulati said. “It’s exciting.” Gulati […]
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NEWS: Toronto’s new bike chief pedals peace on hot-button file

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:40

An interview with Toronto’s new Manager of Cycling Infrastructure and Programs, Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati.  She’s got quite the job ahead of her, and will catch a lot of flack from the crankier cycling advocates out there. This is a tough city in which to be in charge of cycling infrastructure. When it comes to cycling, […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Bloor bike lanes delayed, again

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 21:28

Toronto: the City where everything takes forever, after delays and false starts and endless debate. The fault doesn’t totally rely on city staff, as they are understaffed (they were even before the dark period of the Ford years) … I’d say that City Council are mostly to blame – approving lots of projects and studies […]
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HELP WANTED: 3 Bike Jobs at Evergreen

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:59

Well, these look awesome.  Need an awesome job? Evergreen has 3 jobs available on their website: Shop Coordinator, Bike Works Project Leader, Bike Works Program Leader, Bike Shop Evergreen welcomes applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer. We are always looking for dynamic, passionate individuals to join our growing team. […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Despite drivers supporting it, Tory ready to scrap Bay-Bloor pedestrian scramble

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:26

Pedestrian friendly infrastructure on our streets make things safer for everyone, including people on bikes. But, although a HUGE amount of drivers supporting the pedestrian-priority crossing phase at Bay and Bloor (table above) in the city’s own report (the same report that is advocating removing the pedestrian phase), and pedestrians being the majority (55%, or a […]
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Garbage truck wrecks posts along Wellesley Street bikelane

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 21:33

A garbage truck mows down the Wellesley bikelanes flexposts and new City Cycling Manager says “oh, there’s a learning curve”? C’mon now… even garbagemen have working eyes and know that if they see posts along the side of the road the should not run over and crush them in their truck. The Wellesley posts JUST […]
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NEWS: Community Bicycle Network Closes Space, to focus on Events and Rides

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:26

CBN is dead. Long live CBN! Looking forward to seeing where this “pivot” takes CBN.  Sounds interesting. CBN would like to inform you of, effective immediately, the closing of our 761 Queen St. W. location. With the impending renovation of our former space, CBN has decided to focus on our events and rides in the […]
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DATA: Where Torontonians Bike and Run

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:28

Bikes + data + maps!  Oh yeah baby. If you made a New Year’s resolution to get outside and be active, you might wonder which are the most popular spots in Toronto for running or biking. Mapbox’s Garrett Miller and Eric Fischer have your answer. The developers collaborated on a snazzy-looking map that shows where […]
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