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NEWS: Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:56

Several people riding along Lakeshore Blvd W. near Carlaw Ave. have been injured after their tires got caught in railroad tracks that intersect with the bike lanes. On Sunday, two cyclists fell after their wheels got caught in pieces of rubber covering the railroad tracks. One man had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. “How […]
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NEWS: Family appeals to cyclists to help find missing woman

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:50

Catherine “Kit” Currie, 50, vanished from her home in the city’s west end two weeks ago after suffering a mental health episode. The Toronto woman’s family believes she may be alone and afraid — possibly living off the land in the Don Valley — so they’re appealing to the city’s cycling community to help them […]
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Chorley Park Switchback offers access to beautiful piece of Toronto

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:23

This protest is crazy.  During the recent provincial election, there were more anti-switchback signs on lawns than election signs. A battle for access to our shared city is currently being fought in one of Toronto’s most beautiful places. Just north of the Don Valley Brickworks a sign stuck in the tall grass next to the […]
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NEWS: Bike Share Toronto Data Released

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:23

Toronto Bike Share users have made 285,384 trips so far in 2014, criss-crossing the city via a network of 80 bicycle docks. In June alone, they pedalled 237,723 kilometres — burning an estimated six million calories in the process — and offset more than 100,000 pounds of carbon. The numbers are courtesy of Alta Bicycle […]
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EVENT: Sun, Sept 14 – Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:45

Toronto’s free outdoor pedal-powered music festival is celebrating its 5th year. This free event is taking place at 3 parks across this great city with mobile performances leading group rides between parks. Full event listing (facebook): 5th Annual Toronto Bicycle Music Festival.
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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:09

SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]
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UPDATE: The Viaduct Bikelane is closed and an awesome temporary one has been created

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:09

SUPERB news from the City of Toronto.  After a construction contractor improperly closed the Bloor Viaduct bikelane (one of the few options for east end cyclists to cross the Don Valley) and put up signs advising cyclists to merge with very very fast motor vehicle traffic, myself and other cyclists in the city were obviously […]
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UPDATE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (temporary ones coming?)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:08

Last night I posted about an unacceptable situation unfolding on the Bloor Viaduct.  Construction barricades have been set up to perform work on the bridge (nature of the work detailed a bit below), with signs that cyclists should “share the road” with motor traffic. Anyone who has biked the Viaduct knows that “sharing the road” […]
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UNACCEPTABLE: Bloor Viaduct bikelanes closed (and no temporary ones provided)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:37

UPDATE: It sounds like temporary bikelanes are coming.  Maybe. Hopefully.   I just rode home over the viaduct and sections of the eastbound bikelane are closed.  Giant jersey concrete barriers are in the way with signs saying the bikelane is closed and cyclists should merge with traffic.   I can’t, as someone who rides the […]
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NEWS: Cyclist struck by van in Brampton

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:50

A 45-year-old male cyclist has been airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre from Brampton after he was struck by a van Sunday afternoon. The cyclist was riding westbound on Steeles Ave., between Hwy. 50 and Finch Ave., around 2 p.m. when he was struck by the vehicle heading in the same direction. His injuries are […]
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NEWS: Bike Share struggling with repair problem

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 17:45

I could do without the anecdotes from people whining about not being able to find a spot to park their bikeshare bike (that generally means that the system is popular), but it is a symptom of the larger problem… that BikeShare parts and new stations are hard to come by in the short term. PBSC […]
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TOMORROW! Sun, Aug 17 – Open Streets TO opens up major roads on Sunday

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:48

What will be closed OPEN: Bloor Street between Parliament Street and Spadina Avenue. Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen Streets. Major intersections will have crossing points where cars can pass through. The media does not get it.  Open Streets *OPENS* the streets (it’s right in the damn name) to everyone, not just the idiots who drive […]
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NEWS: Brookfield will no longer remove bikes at Yonge & Bloor

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:09

  Well, all the emails and tweets and outrage worked.  Will everyone who has had their bike stolen by Brookfield be compensated though? Give yourself a pat on the back if you were one of the folks who expressed outrage at Brookfield Properties strategic removal of bikes at Yonge and Bloor that it deemed a […]
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NEWS: Brookfield’s bike-cutting excuse is bunk: property law expert

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:17

Thanks to the Star, we now know the answer of whether or not it’s legal to steal bikes that are legally locked up on public property, even if you own “adjacent property”.  The Star asked a property lawyer professor, and he confirmed what we all (except Brookfield Properties) know.  Spoiler – it’s not. Jeremy de […]
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NEWS: Elderly cyclist killed in Mississauga

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:57

A 69-year-old cyclist was killed when he was struck by a truck in a Mississauga intersection Friday morning. Peel Regional Police say the man on the bike collided with the straight truck at Central Pkwy. and Mavis Rd. shortly after 8 a.m. The truck driver, who was visibly distraught, remained at the scene. “The cyclist […]
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NEWS: Brookfield Properties defends stealing bikes at HBC Centre

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:01

Brookfield Properties offers a piss poor excuse for stealing bikes parked legally on public property, citing “adjacent property rights”. I’m not a real estate lawyer, but if there is one out there that can shed some light on what “adjacent property rights” may be, that would be helpful.  I can’t find anything regarding them for […]
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NEWS: Had your bike stolen from Yonge & Bloor? The thief may be Brookfield Properties.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:14

This is getting crazier and crazier.  How long has Brookfield Properties been doing this?  How many people have lost their bikes after parking them legally and on public property? Brookfield has just been cutting locks off and confiscating the bikes and not notifying anyone. Ferguson was able to get her bike back but wants to […]
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NEWS: Hudson’s Bay Centre confiscating legally parked bikes

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 13:06

A quick update to the story from a short time ago… the bikes being confiscated are legally parked, and are on PUBLIC property, not private. A portion of sidewalk outside 2 Bloor Street East does in fact belong to Brookfield but as this map that draws from the city’s Open Data illustrates, the privately-owned space […]
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NEWS: Stolen bike listing touted for Toronto

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:58

The Star has picked this up.  It’s still a fairly young idea, but maybe with a bit of effort we can truly harness the web and social media to put a big dent in bike thefts.  Or, at least, help recover some bikes. The feel-good stories always create a buzz: the Toronto woman who turned […]
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NEWS: Security guards cutting locks, confiscating bikes outside Hudson’s Bay Centre

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:22

It’s never boring in Toronto.  This is galling (locked up bikes “block pedestrians”?  Anyone who knows this corner knows there is a giant sidewalk and a bike locked to the TTC sign does not block anything), and I would not be surprised if a bunch of cyclists lock their bikes up there all at once… […]
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