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NEWS: Police investigating after taxi runs bike courier off the road

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 19:05
Who’s really surprised at this?  Cab drivers are horrible drivers, and don’t give a crap about the safety of other people on the road.  They only care about more fares.  Having said this, some bike couriers bike dangerously, caring about deliveries too… but a car should be operated much more safely than a bike… Police […]

READ: Bike Safety is Still an Issue for Women in Toronto

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:22
Good in-depth article from Torontoist about the Bad Girls Bike Club (BikingToronto blogged about them here and here and here). Unfortunate to hear that some idiots are offended that it’s a club for people who identify as female.  I mean, grow up, haters. Bad Girls Bike Club had its second opening a couple of weeks […]

NEWS:  New separated bike lane on Bayview is under construction

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:36
Check out Dandyhorse for a great write up about a separated bike lane going in on Bayview Avenue! While bike lanes on Bloor have dominated cycling coverage over the past few weeks, another significant part of the 10-year-cycling network is scheduled to be built right now as well. Bayview Avenue is a major north-south corridor […]

BLOOR: A Korean Bakery on Bloor needs some good cycling vibes

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:00
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first “needs good cycling vibes” business on Bloor. Hodo Kwaja (656 Bloor West, at Manning), a Korean bakery, seems to think it’s terrible that there are bike lanes on Bloor.  The owner is distressed that there is slightly less street car parking (yes, there is a Green P lot right […]

NEWS: Cyclist in his 50s dead after being struck by vehicle in Oakville

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 23:57
Second story like this tonight… A cyclist in his fifties is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Oakville, Halton police say. Police say they received multiple calls about a cyclist struck just after 7 p.m. Sunday at Lakeshore Road West and Third Line. More: Cyclist in his 50s dead after being struck by vehicle in […]

NEWS: Cyclist with life-threatening head injury after crash in Brampton

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 18:06
While there are tons of cyclists in downtown Toronto, and that’s where all the bike lanes are, where lanes are *really* needed are out in the suburbs, where roads are laid out like the photo above (i.e. only for cars) and all drivers go 100 km/h. The life of a male cyclist, 26, is in […]

NEWS: West Toronto Railpath to be extended south

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:31
The province has announced plans to extend the West Toronto Railpath trail south to King Street. The recreational trail currently runs alongside the Kitchener GO line tracks from Dupont Street to Dundas Street but will now be extended to just east of the Dufferin Street Bridge, which will in turn give Liberty Village residents direct […]

NEWS: Bloor Street bike lanes open to the delight of Toronto cyclists

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:56
Dozens, CBC?  I’d guess around 150.  That’s way beyond “dozens”. Dozens of cyclists rang their bells during a ride to officially open the Bloor Street bike lanes on Friday morning. The lanes, which the city is operating as a one-year pilot project, run from Avenue Road and Shaw Street and cost about $500,000 to install. […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: New Bloor bike lanes in Toronto must pass ‘rigorous’ tests

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 21:14
Data, data, beautiful data. [The Bloor bike lanes] will also be the city’s most rigorously evaluated, Mayor John Tory says, as Toronto takes a leaf out of the book of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was famously obsessed with having data to measure the effect of city decisions. “I won’t compare myself to […]

OH YEAH! Bloor bike lanes are “a dream come true”

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 00:18
The new Bloor bike lanes are looking great.. drivers are figuring out (slowly) that they are not parking lanes, and the bike symbols and separation posts go in this week: The Bloor Street bike lanes are almost fully installed, drawing cyclists to try the new infrastructure out on their way to and from work. Part […]

DUH: Ontario’s one-metre passing rule for cyclists not being enforced

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:35
Who’s surprised at the news that the 1 metre passing rule is not being enforced?  I’d be surprised if more than 1% of drivers are even aware of it. Really, it’s something that can’t be enforced as it should be.  The only way someone will be charged with passing too closely is if a police […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto cyclists eye Yonge Street for bike lanes

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 09:29
I’m very disappointed in the “battleground” and “fight” language in this Metro article about Toronto and York Region exploring the possibilities for Yonge bike lanes.  It’s about making Toronto’s streets safe for all road users. With the bike lanes on Bloor nearing completion, cyclists have turned their attention to Yonge Street as the next battleground for […]

YES: “The Bloor bike lanes are going to change our lives”

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 16:09
Nice article in Toronto Life with short interviews with cyclists and non-cyclists about what they think about the new Bloor bike lanes (which aren’t complete yet): Last week, the city began construction on Bloor Street’s first set of bike lanes, between Avenue Road and Shaw Street. The idea has been in the works for 40 years […]

OH YEAH! Bloor Street bike lanes, Bad Girls Bike Club attracting female cyclists

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 12:26
Anecdotally, on my commute from Danforth East to downtown every day, women on bikes outnumber men.  That’s a great sign. Toronto cyclists are already calling the Bloor Street bike lanes a “game changer,” and some are hoping the lanes will get more female cyclists out on the streets. City of Toronto statistics from 2010 showed that women […]

LEARNING CURVES: Motorists are Already Driving in the New Bloor Bike Lanes

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 11:38
I’m a little disappointed in Torontoist for the headline of this article about *one* driver who, in the absence of signs, bike symbols painted on the road, or any separation post (which are being installed next week) mistook the new Bloor bikelane (a wide section near the Royal Ontario Museum). For a 2 km stretch of […]

OH YEAH! Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate!

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:32
Great piece from the David Suzuki Foundation that admonishes the apocalyptic tone that some media outlets have been taking when talking about adding bike lanes to Bloor (absolute chaos! cats and dogs living together!) and reiterating that in just about every case, a street with a bike lane makes that street better. The new bike […]

NEWS: Toronto drivers are already parking in the Bloor Street bike lanes

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 00:24
  Sigh. It’ll be nice when the city adds flex-post to this new bike lane in the next week.  Drivers will go anywhere they can physically fit their cars – society and safety be damned. That didn’t take long. Less than two days after construction began on the new Bloor Street bike lanes, photos of […]

OPINION: Do we need a conversation about phones and cycling?

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 23:01
Weird piece in Spacing today.  I usually like John Lorinc’s opinion pieces, but this one seems very click-baity. The whole piece is based on him thinking he’s seeing more people texting while biking this year (and one almost hit is car!), and while anecdotes are good for opinion pieces, they shouldn’t be the basis for serious […]

NEWS: Bloor St. merchants taking bike lane installation in stride – so far

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 13:45
Oh, Toronto Star, why do have such a heart-on for cars sometimes? Cars don’t shop. People shop, and people shop locally.  Most of Bloor’s business activity comes from pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Stop perpetuating the myth that cars = economic activity. All cars do is clog up a street and empty out their owners […]

OH YEAH! Construction for Bloor bike lane project gets underway Tuesday

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 19:16
Decades in the making.  Bloor is coming! “I really like the direction Toronto’s going in with how we treat cyclists. I feel like five, 10 years ago everybody hated the cyclists, but now it’s becoming pretty normal,” Moreland told CBC News. “So I mean there’s more bikes on the road now than there ever has […]