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OH YEAH! Toronto hires first sustainable transportation director

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 22:06

Toronto!  You shock me sometimes.  This is fantastic! A veteran transportation planning consultant has been named the city’s first director of transit and sustainable transportation. Hilary Holden, who has worked for major transportation consulting firms since the 1990s, will report directly to Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat starting in mid-August. The new role underscores the […]

OH YEAH: Wheelys bicycle cafe pedalling its way to Toronto

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 14:26

More coverage about Wheelys: Coffee lovers in Toronto may soon be able to get their brew by bicycle. Wheelys Cafe, based in Sweden, builds custom bikes that transform into pop-up coffee shops. A recent Indiegogo campaign for the company raised over $170,000 in less than a week. There’s no confirmed launch date, but a spokesperson for Wheelys told […]

NEWS: Cyclist struck on College Street

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:56

A cyclist was struck by a vehicle just west of University Avenue on College Street on Thursday morning. A woman riding the bicycle was brought to hospital with head injuries, and is in serious condition. A missing bike tire and smashed front windshield remain at the scene while police investigated what happened. More: Cyclist struck […]

NEWS: Danforth bike lanes gain ground

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 23:26

Danforth Loves Bikes!  Bikes Love Danforth!  Obviously, making a street safe for all the people who use it means more business for all the stores and restaurants on that street. This is the start everyone.  One sticker at a time.  One pledge of support at a time.   Lots of people want a people-friendly Danforth. […]

NEWS: Cyclist-pedestrian confrontation highlights Queen’s Quay growing pains

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 22:36

Const. Clint Stibbe, with the Toronto Police, said no charges were laid following the incident, which he viewed online. Stibbe said you can’t blame the road on people’s mistakes. “The issue isn’t the design of the area,” Stibbe said. “It’s the issues of people not following the rules.” Stibbe said there’s “nothing confusing about it” […]

OH YEAH! Toronto Bike Share system is expanding, with help from a cycling CEO

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:08

Biking Toronto hightlighted this Dandyhorse story last week, but it’s good to see TreeHugger picking up on it. Five years ago, when Toronto got its new bike share system, I thought it would be strangled at birth, what with its coverage of a very small area downtown that made it almost useless for commuting, and […]

NEWS: Pedestrian punches cyclist in the face for running Queen’s Quay red light

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 22:11

Okay, the pedestrian needs some anger management courses, but the cyclist should have been more careful.  Red lights mean stop.  Share public space. An angry pedestrian was caught on video confronting a cyclist on the new Queen’s Quay bike lane at Lower Simcoe, eventually punching him in the face. Pedro Marques said he was walking […]

NEWS: Why is Hamilton’s bike sharing scheme more popular than Toronto’s?

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:36

Honestly, I think the main factor is that downtown Toronto is walkable AND everywhere downtown is close to the subway.    There are options beside biking.   Aside from a few bus routes through downtown Hamilton, biking is the only way to go. As Toronto gets set to roll out a $4.9-million expansion to its Bike […]

NEWS: Bike theft caught on video (including photo of thief)

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 23:33

A bike theft on the Railpath was caught on video yesterday.  Photo of the thief is above – full video below. Watch a bike thief in action on the Toronto Railpath at about 12:15pm on July 22, 2015! My regrets to the owner of the bike, I didn’t feel like getting into a fight with […]

NEWS: Cyclist seriously injured after being struck by truck

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:30

A woman suffered serious injuries when she wast struck by a truck while riding her bike at Spadina Ave. and Dupont St. Friday morning. According to police, the woman has sent to a trauma centre with non-life-threatening injuries. More: Cyclist seriously injured after being struck by driver at Spadina and Dupont | Metro

OH YEAH! City Council approves extension of Richmond & Adelaide Cycle Tracks to Parliament

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 21:40

Awesome!  City Council has just approved the extension of the Richmond and Adelaide Cycle Tracks (also known as physically separate bikelanes) all the way over to Parliament. This makes so much sense, as bike traffic has tripled since the cycle tracks went in AND they’ve also made travel times for cars FASTER. Sources say the extension […]

NEWS: Toronto councillor pushes stiffer penalties for hitting, injuring cyclists

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 13:54

A Toronto city councillor wants the province to get tough with drivers who injure and kill vulnerable road users. Mary-Margaret McMahon, who was hit by a vehicle while cycling in July 2014, has drafted a council motion calling on the province to firmly punish convicted drivers. McMahon hasn’t spelled out exactly what punishment she would […]

OH YEAH! Bike Share Toronto to double with $4.9 million from Metrolinx 

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 14:13

Oh yeah!  Big plans for Bikeshare Toronto expansion! Metrolinx is doubling the size of the city’s bike sharing system with $4.9 million aimed primarily at making more bikes available at transit stations. The new bikes will deployed by the end of 2016, according to a news release issued Monday morning. The program already has about […]

NEWS: Chris Harper, cyclist killed in Milton, focus of crowdfunding campaign

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:49

After a popular teacher and father of five was killed while cycling this weekend, an online campaign has sprung up to help his family. Oakville’s Chris Harper, a 50-year-old married father of two boys and three girls, died after being struck by a car on Friday night while he rode his bike near Tremaine Road. […]

NEWS: Too many cyclists being hit by doors

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:01

Doorings are a common occurrence on Toronto’s streets, and the results can be fatal. In 2008, a driver doored a 57-year-old man, throwing the cyclist into oncoming traffic, where he was struck by another vehicle and killed. As cyclists flood the city’s streets this summer, how many of them will catch a dreaded door prize? […]

OH YEAH! It’s time bike lanes were installed everywhere in Toronto

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 23:58

The Editor of the Star’s Automotive Section calls for dedicated, separated bikelanes on almost every road.  A sensible write-up that advocates for Vision Zero (that NO ONE should die on the road) and safe infrastructure for all road users…  it helps that there is evidence from right here in Toronto that bikelanes actually HELP drivers […]

NEWS: Province of Ontario announces $10 million in #CycleON funding

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 21:00

The Province of Ontario will commit $10 million as a part of a 20-year #cycleON strategy to promote cycling as a viable form of transportation and to help improve safety for cyclists of all ages. This initiative will see the creation of two new funding programs, the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, and the Cycling […]

NEWS: Hit and run kills cyclist in Milton

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 11:36

A cyclist is dead after a hit and run on Tremaine Road in Milton. Halton Regional Police say they were called to the scene shortly after 9 p.m. The victim had no vital signs and was pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect vehicle had fled the area. More: Hit and run kills cyclist in […]

VISION ZERO: A Road Safety Plan for Toronto

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:03

Go read this right now at Dandyhorse.  Any politician who votes against Vision Zero is effectively voting FOR people dying on the streets.  Your kids, your friends, and you. Is Vision Zero, the Swedish initiative to eliminate road deaths, coming to Toronto? A Swedish video on the issue lays the premise of the movement: “For […]

INFRASTRUCTURE: Toronto wants you to plan the future of cycling

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:49

Want a bikelane somewhere?  Let the city know, officially: Via an online survey, people are being invited to identify up to 20 streets – 10 downtown and 10 others anywhere in the city — as cycling priorities from a list of suggestions. The suggestions were based on earlier survey data and the city’s smartphone app […]