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NEWS: City committee backs off on bike-lane studies

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 23:01

It’s not much of a cycling network if you don’t put safe infrastructure on streets that actually go somewhere… The public works and infrastructure committee gave the green light to a 10-year cycling network plan that identified 525 km of new cycling infrastructure projects to be built over the next decade.   But committee chair […]

Why are so few Black people cycling in Toronto?

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 22:46

Although hard numbers on cycling diversity, or the lack thereof, are hard to come by, its popularity remains uneven across ethno-racial lines. Or put another way, cycling still seems a white thing. Why are so few Black people cycling? A good start to answering that question is to ask a different one: why do people […]

NEWS: Poll shows Torontonians want more bike lanes and they want them now

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:25

A new poll shows Torontonians want to put their money where their bicycles are. The poll, conducted by Angus Reid and commissioned by Evergreen, shows a majority of residents want the city to spend more on building cycling infrastructure. The poll comes as council gets set to debate how – and how quickly – to […]

OH YEAH! New poll says Torontonians want a safe cycling network built as soon as possible 

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:32

Check out the full report (PDF) from this giant new poll of Torontonians.  Epic stuff here. An Angus Reid Forum poll shows that 86% of Torontonians support a safe cycling network with 67% of Torontonians wanting the network built in less than 9 years. Key Findings: Torontonians support a comprehensive interconnected and safe cycling network. […]

NEWS: Toronto Star editorial argues for fast implementation of new bike plan

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:45

Canada’s largest city is considering a 10-year plan to create 525 kilometres of new bike routes – roughly doubling what’s available now. That prospect is, indeed, worth cheering. The plan, which is to go before the public works committee on Monday, would not just expand Toronto’s cycling infrastructure. It’s meant to connect disparate sections of […]

REMINDER: Write the Public Works Committee to support building Toronto’s new Bike Plan!

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 08:38

This post originally on Cycle Toronto: NOTE: Please write by TODAY, Friday May 13 at 4:30 pm. Hot on the heels of our landslide victory for pilot Bloor bike lanes, another major cycling item is on the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) agenda on Monday May 16: the 10 Year Bike Plan! Since 2014, we’ve […]

DO IT! Write the Public Works Committee to support building Toronto’s new Bike Plan!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:37

This post originally on Cycle Toronto: NOTE: Please write by Friday May 13 at 4:30 pm. Hot on the heels of our landslide victory for pilot Bloor bike lanes, another major cycling item is on the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) agenda on Monday May 16: the 10 Year Bike Plan! Since 2014, we’ve been […]

BIKE PLAN! New Toronto plan would add 525 km of bike routes to create a true network

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:56

What are city staff proposing for the next 10 years of new/improved bike infrastructure? Bike lanes could be coming to eight of Toronto’s busiest streets if the city’s new 10-year cycling plan pans out. The plan, released in a city report Monday, identifies 525 km of new bike lanes, cycle tracks, trails and other routes […]

NEWS: Ending the tyranny of the car in Toronto requires political courage

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:38

Are there epic changes on the way in how Torontonians move through our city? Big changes could be coming to the way Toronto lives. A provincial government paper on climate change envisions a massive shift in how people get around. By 2050, says a draft climate change action plan unveiled in this newspaper, only 20 […]

NEWS: A Complete List of Bloor Bike Lane Articles

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:53

After 4 decades (!) of Toronto considering the possibility of bike lanes on Bloor, Toronto City Council overwhelmingly voted (38-3) in favour of a 1 year pilot to collect data and evaluate a 2 km stretch of Bloor with bikelanes. I think a lot of people were surprised at just how lopsided the vote was… […]

OH YEAH! Bloor bike lanes finally get the go ahead in Toronto

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:44

With a vote of 38-3 (!!!), City Council has approved a 1-year pilot of bike lanes on Bloor St! Bike Lanes are finally a reality on Bloor St. After years of campaigns and debate, city council voted 38-3 in favour of a pilot project that will see cycling infrastructure installed between Shaw St. and Avenue […]

OH YEAH! Suburban Etobicoke councillor changes vote on Bloor bike lanes to a ‘yes’

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:16

More proof that politicians who actually take time to understand the issues are, in fact, better politician. “Riding it, you do realize a separate bike lane is infinitely safer than riding with traffic,” Campbell said. The councillor was leaning toward voting against the pilot project before his daughter started texting him, praising the bike lane […]

NEWS: Vision Zero supported but not Bloor bike lanes?

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:21

City Council votes on the Bloor bike lane pilot this morning (it’s scheduled as the first item, at 9:30 – watch it stream on youtube here), and here’s a good piece from Albert Koehl in Dandyhorse about the project at the Public Works Committee last week: If Bloor isn’t safe, why do cyclists continue to […]

VIDEO: What’s it like to ride Bloor Street without bike lanes?

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:04

Metro Morning‘s Matt Galloway decided to document what it was like riding Bloor St. without bikelanes, in advance of the City Council vote about a bike lane pilot: What does it look like to ride a bike down Bloor Street in rush hour without bike lanes? I strapped a GoPro onto my helmet to find out. […]

NEWS: Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not. 

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:19

An excellent piece in Torontoist about why a bike lane pilot designed to collect data about benefits/detriments and overwhelming supported by the community is getting static from politicians: There really should have been little to no debate about this 2.5 kilometre bike lane pilot project running along Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue […]

FACEPALM: Bloor Bike lane pilot a victim of double standard

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:58

What do you do when politicians prevent people from making their city a better, cleaner, and economically attractive place? In Toronto, you can easily shut down an entire (or a part of)  a street for any reason (construction, festivals, corporate events, marathons, or just because) EXCEPT a bike lane pilot. EVEN if the entire community and […]

NEWS: Drivers support Bloor bike lanes

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:30

Newsflash for politicians that car drivers don’t want bike lanes:  THEY DO!  Bike lanes keep cyclists safe, and get bikes into their own lane on the road.  This means bikes aren’t in front of cars, causing stress and worry to drivers. Because of this, bike lanes don’t slow car traffic at all, and in some […]

NEWS: Toronto’s subway stations to maybe get more bike parking

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:38

Planning for 2018.  In TTC terms, that’s light speed, I guess.  I’m incredulous that it’s taken the TTC this long to recognize how people get to transit. There’s hope for better bicycle parking coming to TTC subway stations. The city’s public works and infrastructure committee passed a motion laying ground for collaboration between the TTC […]

NEWS: Is allowing cyclists to ride on sidewalks suitable for Markham?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:34

Suburban Cycling – unsafe on the roads, illegal on sidewalks.  Local government unwilling to spend money on infrastructure that isn’t for cars… Is cycling on sidewalks one of those laws that are meant to be broken? One cycling advocate is confident that’s the best way of encouraging people in Markham to ride bicycles in the city, […]

NEWS: More cycling paths, marketplace, on the way for Thorncliffe Park

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:58

A mini-revitalization project is underway that could bring improved cycling paths and a new marketplace to the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. Students from University of Toronto’s urban planning program have teamed up with area residents and youth to come up with improvement proposals for a community that’s been identified as a “priority neighbourhood.” More: More cycling […]