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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists rally behind pitch for lower speed limits

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:59

For those who commute on two wheels, safer streets are slower streets. Cyclists in Toronto are rallying behind a provincial proposal to reduce residential speed limits, saying the change would mean fewer fatalities. “The number one way to reduce fatalities and serious injures is to lower the speed limit,” said Cycle Toronto director Jared Kolb. More: Toronto […]

NEWS: Toronto cyclists gear up for ‘coldest’ ride

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:41

Cyclist Jared Kolb insists “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” The director of Cycle Toronto bikes throughout the year and will be on hand Saturday to lead the city’s annual Coldest Day of the Year Ride. “It’s really a celebration of winter cycling, and an opportunity for people who don’t normally ride in […]

ELSEWHERE: London is building Europe’s longest bike superhighway

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:30

Something seriously newsworthy is happening in London — and no, it has nothing to do with Lady Cora’s affair with that creepy art critic, sorry. Yesterday, London mayor Boris Johnson approved what is said to be Europe’s longest “segregated” bike lane. Segregated bike lanes — what we here in the states would call “protected” lanes — are […]

NEWS: Charge withdrawn against man involved in collision with Toronto city councillor

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:03

This is a travesty.  Be prepared to be outraged. A Toronto city councillor broke down crying outside traffic court Wednesday after learning the charge against a man involved in a collision that saw her knocked off her bicycle would be withdrawn. “This is a nightmare,” Mary-Margaret McMahon told the Star outside the courtroom. “To say […]

NEWS: Pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets are Toronto’s road to good health: Report

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:29

At its meeting Monday, the Toronto Board of Health received three in-depth reports on how better street infrastructure — bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, lower speed limits, attractive pedestrian-friendly tree-lined walkways, lighting and street furniture — make Torontonians healthier, because it encourages us to get out of our cars. The reports summarized decades of studying the […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: In Rosedale, a trail becomes a dividing line

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:05

In sum, Rosedale residents have a public park that they don’t want connected to other parks with accessible multi-use trails, because you know, the proletariat may come too close to their homes. The city’s plans to alter this hillside have led to a fierce debate over the future of an exclusive park little known outside […]

NEWS: All road users break the laws, not just cyclists

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:26

Before you roll your eyes at a Toronto cyclist rolling through a stop sign, Wes Marshall suggests taking a good look in the mirror. “I think everybody that uses the transportation system is a criminal,” the University of Colorado professor said. “People who drive go a few miles over the speed limit and pedestrians will jaywalk.” However, while we generally […]

NEWS: TTC streetcar hits cyclist on Spadina

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:04

A cyclist was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries Friday evening after being struck by a TTC streetcar.  Paramedics say they were called to the area of Spadina Avenue and St. Andrew Street at 9:50 p.m. The male victim, who was originally said to be a pedestrian, was then rushed to St. Michael’s hospital.  More: TTC streetcar hits […]

JOB: Cycle Toronto Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 21:27

Want to be on the front lines of cycling advocacy in Toronto? Cycle Toronto seeks a Communications & Outreach Coordinator to help in the growth and success of our organization. The best candidate for us is a charming, gregarious person who has worked or volunteered in the local community. They should be empathetic and adept […]

NEWS: Pan Am Games velodrome gets thumbs up from cyclists

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:09

One of the mammoth facilities built for the Toronto Pan Am Games opened its doors Saturday for its first bit of major competition following much-publicized delay. Even though construction trailers, mounds of dirt, and a handful of pylons remained outside, speed cyclists from across the country — including members of Canada’s national team with sights […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto vows to improve winter bike-lane maintenance

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 17:03

The city of Toronto is ramping up snow clearing in downtown bicycle lanes, trying to make it easier to ride through the winter.From a militant handful of winter riders a generation ago, cycling all year round has become increasingly mainstream. A steady flow of cyclists is seen on some routes in all but the very […]